Country’s longest bridge groundbreaks in October

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar confirmed to ANC’s Market Edge the October 2018 groundbreaking of Panguil Bay Bridge which will be the longest bridge in the country.

The bridge connecting Tangub City in Misamis Occidental and Tubod in Lanao del Norte will surpass the length of San Juanico Bridge which is 2.2 kilometers long.

“This will be the longest bridge to date built in the Philippines and it will be in Mindanao,” Villar said.

This project is among National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)’s 75 high-impact Infrastructure Flagship Projects.

According to NEDA, the bridge will have a total length of 3.48 km, consisting of 0.32 km 2-lane main bridge (extra dosed), pre-stressed concrete (PSC) beam approach bridge, with length of 2.04 km and 1.12 km 2-lanes for approach road.

Target end of implementation is 2021. This 4.85899 billion peso project is being funded largely through South Korean Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The PHP 4.859 billion funding arrangement was signed in April 2016. PHP 4.272 billion is to be funded through Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)-Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF), while the remaining PHP 587 million will be the Philippine counterpart.