MMDA defends footbridge dubbed as ‘stairway to heaven’

Manila, Philippines – After receiving several criticisms and snarky comments, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority defended on Monday the construction of the unfinished footbridge across EDSA in Kamuning, Quezon City dubbed by netizens as ‘stairway to heaven’.

MMDA is constructing a 9-meter steel footbridge on top of the MRT-3 line along EDSA-Kamuning. It was placed at that height because there has to be at least 3-4 meters of space between the footbridge and the MRT-3 structure so it doesn’t touch the electrical lines.

Image via Korte Supremo’s Twitter Account

However, several social media users said it was too high, after photos of the bridge that goes over the MRT railway recently went viral. Some netizens commented that it could be inaccessible to the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities.

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said the steel footbridge was constructed three months ago due to pedestrian-related accidents in the area.

Image via Celine Pialago’s Facebook account

“Ang project na ito is because dumadami ang mga aksidenteng naitatala ng mga pedestrian na pinipilit tumawid sa ilalim ng MRT,” she said via CNN.

“If they’re complaining that the footbridge is not PWD-friendly, not senior citizen-friendly, sa ngayon po ang main purpose po niyan ay for safety,” Pialago added.

The project is is expected to be completed this November 15.