March 08, 2019

Panguil Bay Bridge Starts Construction, Soon to Be Longest Bridge

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  • Construction has officially started for the Panguil Bay Bridge which will link Tangub City, Misamis Occidental to Tubod, Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao. The project is said to finish by 2021 and will be the longest bridge in the country.

    Panguil Bay Bridge Project

    Construction of Panguil Bay Bridge connecting Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte – soon to be the new longest bridge in the entire Philippines by 2021.

    Department of Public Works and Highwaysさんの投稿 2018年12月27日木曜日

    Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB)

    Funded under the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Agreement, PBB is being built under Kyong-Ho Engineering and Architect Co. Ltd. who won the bidding under the Philippine Government procurement program.

    Currently, locals would have to use ferries to cross the bay which will take over an hour/IMAGE DPWH

    The construction is said to have an estimated cost of Php 4.859 billion. Php 4.272 billion is to be funded by the Export-Import Bank of Korea-Economic Development Cooperation Fund, while the remaining Php 587 million will be funded by the Philippine National Budget.

    Both Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte are part of Northern Mindanao. The former is known for the Caluya which has a replica of the Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Another tourist destination is the Piduan Falls in Don Victoriano Chiongbian.

    Lanao del Norte, on the other side of the Panguil Bay is popular for their many waterfalls like the Kapatagan Falls, Dodiongan Falls, and the world famous Maria Cristina Falls.

    Also read: Maria Cristina Falls in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao

    Currently, the longest bridge in the Philippines is the 2.16 km San Juanico Bridge from Samar to Leyte in Eastern Visayas, constructed in 1969 using Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans and is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway.

    The San Juanico Bridge is a project that took 4 years to construct/IMAGE Wikipedia commons

    Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar stated that the two-lane 3.7 km extradosed-type bridge will shorten the travel time. From the current one hour and a half, the travel time between the two provinces will soon only take seven minutes.

    Sources: Misamis Occidental Website, DPWH, Philippine News Agency

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