Landowners met with Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo along with PEO, DPWH, PPDO and PASSO. The gathering is about concerning the lands affected by the project are owned by private property, our lady Governor wishes the landowners and the Provincial Government to have a fair agreement beneficial to both sides so that the construction and laying of the foundation of the bridge can begin as fast as possible.
Gov. Angging also shared that this is also a dream of the late Governor Asenio A. Quibranza and Tangub City Mayor Alfonso Tan, a bridge that connects from the port of Tubod connecting to Silangga port of Tangub.
Presently the fastest way to travel across the bay is to be transported by passenger ferryboats across the channel from Ozamiz City to Tubod in Lanao del Norte but passengers have to wait for the hourly trips and the 20 minutes boat ride.
The Panguil Bay Bridge will be the longest and largest bridge in Mindanao it will cut the travel time and cost that would save up money from commuters and private vehicles instead of paying it off to ferry boats. Panguil Bay covers parts of Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur, and Lanao del Norte provinces.
The construction of the bridge is vital as it opens a new path connecting the Zamboanga Peninsula to the rest of Mindanao, as emphasized by Gov. Angging during the meeting; her main concern is that the old route along Lanao del Norte’s National highway have bridges over fifty years old and it is constantly being watched by the DPWH for repairs and renewal.
“I’ve been asking DPWH to check on our bridges kay some of our bridges are more than fifty years old na unya ug nay maputol . . . paralyze jud” – Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo on her speech concerning the significance of the building of the bridge.
The cost of the bridge’s construction is 4.9 billion pesos and hopefully it will finish by the year 2020 it would cut of travel time from Tangub to Tubod from 2.5 hours to 7 minutes. It will also significantly improve the travel time from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan to the provinces of Zamboanga del norte, Zamboanga del sur and Misamis Occidental. PIO-LDN