The construction of the first longest bridge in the country will finally going to start.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday went to Lanao del Norte to led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P7.8-billion Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB) project.
Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Dimaporo was overjoyed and expressed her gratefulness towards President Duterte for making there dreams come true.
“I am so happy that finally, after more than 30 years, this project was realized, No less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte came here para sa (for the) ground breaking,” Dimaporo said.
“The people here are really very happy. It’s a dream come true,” she said.
“This bridge is like the door of investment, not only in Lanao del Norte but even in Misamis Occidental, Ozamis City and Tangub City. We have so many tourim attractions here. In fact, the bridge will also become a tourist destination because it has a design, it has a character and it’s the longest in the Philippines,” Dimaporo added.
President Duterte was received by local officials led by Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Rep. Mohammad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo, 2nd District Rep. Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo and Tubod Mayor Leoncio Bagol, along with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar and Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han-Dong Man.
Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB) project aims to connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod.
“PBB, which is expected to be completed in 2021, is the first of 16 bridges to be built that will connect Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao under the Duterte administration’s flagship ‘Build, Build, Build’ program,” Villar said.
According to the report, Villar said that the two-lane 3.7 kilometer extradosed-type bridge will shorten the travel time between the two provinces to seven minutes from one and a half hour via a barge from Mukas Port in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte to Ozamis City.
Also, Villar said the Panguil Bay Bridge spans 3.772 kilometers to connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao (Region X.), consisting of two lanes, with 15 meters width as good as four lanes.
The project was funded by the Korean Economic Development Cooperative Agreement (KEDCA) through a financing loan to the national government.
Duterte in his speech, thanked the Korea for building the bridge.
“This is their gift for us and there’s more. Korea has a special attachment to the Filipino people. You know why? We fought in the Korean war and a lot of Filipinos died,” Duterte said.