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    Duterte breaks ground for soon-to-be PH’s longest bridge

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking on Wednesday, November 28 for the Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB), expected to be the country's longest bridge.

    President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking for the Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB)
    President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking for the Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB) | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Mark Villar

    The President was in Tubod, Lanao del Norte for the groundbreaking and capsule-laying of the Panguil Bay Bridge. He was joined by with 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.

    The Panguil Bay Bridge will be connecting Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao (Region X). It will be a two-lane 3.7 kilometer extradosed-type bridge, expected to be the longest bridge in the Philippines.

    The government to build bridge at Tangub City, Misamis Occidental facing Tubod, Lanao del Norte via Panguil Bay.
    The government to build bridge connecting Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte via Panguil Bay.

    The total length of the bridge is 2.360 kilometers and the total approached road is L-1.4212 kilometers.

    The PBB will shorten the travel time between the provinces from one a half hour to just 7 minutes
    The PBB will shorten the travel time between the provinces from one and a half hour to just 7 minutes | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Mark Villar

    With the PBB, the travel time between the provinces will be shortened from one and a half hour to a just 7 minutes via barge from Mukas Port in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte to Ozamis City.

    DPWH secretary Mark Villar said that they are expecting the completion by 2021. He added, “PBB is the first of the 16 bridges to be built to connect Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.”

    The P7.352-billion bridge project is being funded by the Korean Economic Development Cooperative Agreement (KEDCA) through a financing loan by the Philippine government.

    President Duterte thanked Korea for their “gift for us”. He also explained the attachment of the said nation to our country. Duterte said, “Korea has a special attachment to the Filipinos, you know why? We fought in the Korean War and a lot of Filipinos died.”

    Governor Imelda Dimaporo is overwhelmed of how the ambitious project will open the doors for their provinces. She said, “The people here are really very happy. It’s a dream come true.”

    The San Juanico Bridge stretching from Samar to Leyte is currently the longest bridge in the country spanning a body of water with a length of 2.16 kilometers.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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