Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Barely a month after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) approved the Panguil Bay bridge (PBB) mega-project, Secretary Luwalhati Antonino of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) visited the capital town of Tubod, this province on March 12, 2015 to personally inspect the site for this major infrastructure project.
The P5.1-billion PBB project involves the construction of a 3.6-kilometer two-lane bridge across Panguil Bay to connect the city of Tangub in Misamis Occidental and the municipality of Tubod in Lanao del Norte.
“Being actually here you really realize the need for it (Panguil Bay bridge). The ball is now rolling, the first steps is the on-going engineering studies and doing the detailed engineering plan. Masaya na tayo doon”, expressed Antonino during an interview.
The project is aimed at accelerating economic growth in northern and western Mindanao by increasing the flow of goods and services in the cities and municipalities surrounding Panguil Bay.
Once completed, the Panguil Bay bridge is also expected to significantly improve local tourism in this part of Mindanao.
“The tourism potential of Lanao del Norte is very promising. There is so much of nature and we can also highlight the culture of the people”, added Antonino.
The Panguil Bay bridge project is scheduled to be completed in the year 2018. VNL/PIO-LDN