President Rodrigo Roa Duterte together with Department of Public Works and Highways’ Secretary Mark Villar, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Ambassador Han Dong-man of the Republic Korea joins Lanao del Norte Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo, and Tubod Municipal Mayor Leoncio Bagol for the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Panguil Bay Bridge held in the access/approach road in Sagadan, Municipality of Tubod on November 28, 2018.
The 3.772 kilometers Panguil Bay Bridge-including the approach- will link the Municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Tangub City / Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, reducing land travel time from 2 to 2.5 hours to 7 minutes, and it will facilitate 24/7 mobility of people, goods, and services that will help propel the economic growth of both provinces and surrounding areas.
The project cost a total of P7.352 Billion is funded by the Korean Export Import Bank and the Government of the Philippines, and has an implementation timeline beginning December 2018 to November 2021.
According to Secretary Villar, the procurement for design and building contract is still on-going and hopes that the awarding of the contract will be on December 2018, and the full construction of the project will begin in January next year.
Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo was happy to see that the Panguil Bay Bridge is coming into reality thanking former Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ T. Go of his declaration during the Municipal and Barangay Officials Meeting and celebration of Congressman Bobby’s 69th Birthday last November 21 ensuring that the groundbreaking will be in Lanao del Norte.
This project is in fulfilment of the dream of the late Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza for the people of Lanao del Norte. The Provincial Chief Executive was proud to take part in laying the time capsule in behalf of the constituents of the province together with President Duterte.
The bridge will link the two provinces and its people as well fast track the exchange of goods and services that brings prosperity and sustainable development to both provinces and nearby areas.
Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay and the Honorable Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are also in attendance. The Municipal Mayors headed by Mayor Allan J. Lim, Mayors League President-Lanao del Norte; Setty Deamila Macarambon, President Provincial Councilors League; ABC Federated President Genesis E. Tura, and the Department Heads of the Provincial Government with Provincial Administrator Ms. Brigida S. Tañgonan are also present to witness and support this momentous event for the good of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN