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Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
April–June 2008
MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando says Bicutan overpass longest in the country

Chairman Bayani Fernando

The footbridge spanning the Bicutan interchange and purportedly the longest in the country at half a kilometer cost P98 million, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani F. Fernando disclosed.

The government spends about 60-70% of its budget on technical infrastructure, but “the government could be losing more money to failed engineering rather than corruption,” he added. 

The Bicutan footbridge however appears money well spent, considerably easing the flow of people and vehicles in the previously chaotic high-density area where sidewalk vendors choke pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Fernando was the special guest during the opening program June 2 of the Department of Science and Technology’s golden anniversary celebration held in Bicutan science complex, Taguig City.

Meanwhile, DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro in a message encouraged the DOST employees to “honor the leaders who went ahead of us, who laid the strong foundation for DOST.  We are confident that our foundation is strong, and it is up to us to make this structure more appealing, and make sure that it will do what it is intended to do--that is to render service to people through S&T.”

As a businessman, Fernando said he is feeling the detrimental effect of the exodus of the country’s technical experts to high paying overseas jobs.

He urged DOST officials to help the country cope from the effects of brain drain that’s zapping the country’s economic chances.

Other DOST top officials in attendance include Undersecretary Fortunato T. De la Peña who is also chairman of the 2008 National Science and Technology Week, Undersecretary Graciano P. Yumul Jr., and Assistant Secretaries Carol M. Yorobe, and Mario P. Bravo.