PH longest bridge construction Panguil Bay Bridge project starts

The soon to be the longest bridge to be built in the Philippines has to be started next month. President Rodrigo Duterte led in the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the 3.7 kilometer bridge that aims to connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through its unified Project Management Office headed by Secretary Mark Villar will implement the project which is expected to be completed in 2021.

"The Panguil Bay Bridge spans 3.772 kilometers to connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte in Northern Mondanao is consist of two lanes, 15 meters wide as good as four lane," Secretary Villar said.

 The extradosed-type bridge will shorten the travel time between the two provinces to seven minutes form one and a half hour via a barge from Mukas Port in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte to Ozamis City.

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PBB is the first of the 16 bridges to be built to connect Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao under the Duterte "Build,Build,Build" program, Villar added.

The project cost is P7.352 billion funded by the Korean Economic Development Cooperative Agreement (KEDCA) through a financing loan to the national government. The President thanked the Republic of Korea by saying "this is their gift for us and there's more," he said.

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