Leyte’s ‘bridge with no water’ photo has gone viral all over the world.
Many have explanations, but in reality, there are none – recently a district engineer told Bicol Today that the bridge has saved them millions of pesos worth of road repairs, oh really?
As seen in the photo above, the bridge was constructed on top of solid ground, with nothing running underneath.
Another viral hit at the moment is a video showing telephone poles left in the middle of a new cement roadway.
Many are suggesting the bridge is a typical government project filled full of graft and corruption.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) District Engineer of Southern Leyte, Ma. Margarita Junia defended the project on her Facebook page:
She noted “Please be informed that bridges are not constructed for rivers only. Overpass is a bridge, but there is no river underneath.”
The post has since been deleted, no doubt it was bombarded with mockery.
Junia, in a phone interview with Rappler.com, said that the particular roadway section of Bato-Bontoc has been rebuilt many times over.
Through numerous excuses including soil type, erosion, test after test, we get a road in the middle of nowhere with a bridge that has no water.
The bridge cost the district 20 million pesos and is just 50 metres long. It was started in 2013 and completed in 2014 as part of the Philippine-Japan Highway Loan project.