PANAY-GUIMARAS-NEGROS BRIDGE PROJECT KICKS OFF IN 2020
THE proposed Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge project is seen to start construction in 2020.
Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin said he recently attended a consultation meeting on the bridge with representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Gumarin said private sector representatives will be invited to the planning sessions, especially operators of motorized bancas between Iloilo and Guimaras.
The provincial government of Guimaras anticipates that motorized banca operators will be affected when the bridge pushes through, Gumarin said.
There are also concerns raised by an association of teachers, stating that the bridge will get in the way with the "preservation of culture" of the island province.
The bridge will soon undergo a feasibility study.
A group of engineers from China already presented their plans for the bridge to Iloilo City Mayor Jose Esponosa III.
According to the mayor, the proponents are looking at Loboc in Lapuz, Iloilo City and Leganes in Iloilo province as possible areas for the bridge.
“They are looking at two areas. They want Loboc but because of the International Port and the power plant, they moved to Leganes,” he said.
The mayor added that the bridge will be a “grant in aid project” and will not entail any funding from the government.
While Espinosa refrained from naming the corporation in charge for the construction of the bridge, he said that they are behind the construction of the longest bridges in the world.
“They actually belong to the group of contractors who constructed the Hong Kong to Macau Bridge and now the engineers are working on two bridges in Manila,” he said.
Aside from the bridge project in the Western Visayas, the same firm will also be working on the Batangas-Mindoro Bridge.
The mayor is hopeful that the project will push through to finally connect the islands of Western Visayas.