10 Reasons the Really High MMDA Footbridge Is So Expensive

Hey, developing tall structures takes a lot of work and resources.

kamuning footbridge

(SPOT.ph) An extremely high footbridge soaring above EDSA some distance past the GMA - Kamuning Station recently made the rounds online and has already been the subject of jokes and various memes. Metro Manila Development Authority general manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia Jr. has also drawn raised eyebrows and criticism for his defense of the footbridge during an interview with Pinky Webb on CNN Philippines’ “The Source.” Garcia said that 50% of Facebook comments said that anyone complaining was just lazy, and he himself that the footbridge was meant for “healthy” people, excluding persons with disabilities and senior citizens from that classification of citizens. He also insisted that people should look at the purpose of the footbridge instead of its precarious-looking and generally unappealing (our words) design.

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His statements and the existence of the footbridge have left us pondering on a few questions. First of all, would a prohibitive, impractical design actually allow an object to fulfill its intended purpose? Second, how does the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) expect people to scale a height that they acknowledge is steep and not meant for everybody (Garcia himself admitted that he would have difficulty with it)? Third, what could have made this bridge cost a cool P10 million?

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The first two questions have us stumped, but for the third one, we have a few ideas on why the Kamuning Footbridge is so expensive:

  • Insurance for the construction workers who were involved this project must have cost a pretty penny—probably the same premium you’d pay for people working on a multi-storey building.
  • Good exercise equipment is expensive.
  • It’s probably made of highly durable steel that will last forever and will show zero signs of wear and tear despite heavy use and exposure to the elements.
  • Building tall structures requires extensive planning and research and development.
  • The footbridge is a multi-purpose structure—it’s a pedestrian crossing, a view deck, an obstacle course for the acrophobic, and a Stairmaster—nay, a Stairgrandmaster.
  • Our tax pesos are being used to grant select pedestrians (the “healthy,” young, uncomplaining ones) an unparalleled view of EDSA.
  • This is actually part of a health program that helps Filipinos become fitter and healthier--if they don't die from exhaustion after using it.
  • Inflation is a cruel bitch.
  • Living the high life ain’t cheap, people.
  • Life lessons are sometimes expensive. This bridge teaches us that even the highest obstacles can be conquered—and is also a stark reminder to maybe not spend so much on impractical, barely usable things.
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