Four down, four to go.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) revealed Sunday, March 28 that half of the eight bridges slated for construction along Alicia-Malangas Road in Zamboanga Sibugay province have been completed.
DPWH Sec. Mark A. Villar said that these bridges form part of the 23.73-kilometer PR-06 Alicia – Malangas Road Project traversing 15 barangays of the municipalities of Alicia and Malangas under the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-assisted Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project (IGCMRSP).
Overall progress for this package, which costs ₱1.318 billion, is at 48.58 percent, the DPWH said. It is targeted for full completion in April 2022.
In his report to Villar, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said that the superstructure and sub-structure of the 40.94-lineal meter (lm) Logpond Bridge, 35.94-lm Tigabon Bridge, 30.94-lm Ilisan Bridge and 40.94-lm Bella Bridge have all been completed.
Meanwhile, the respective embankment of bridge approaches are either ongoing or in advance stages of completion.
Villar hailed the action of DPWH-UPMO, which had ordered the contractors to focus more on bridge, stone masonry, lined ditch and other slope protection structures as embankment operation activities in the past were hampered by the inclement weather condition in the project area.
Usec. Sadain together with UPMO RMC 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim and Project Manager Emmanuel Supe learned through actual site inspection on March 25 that the four other bridges namely the 25.94-lm Payag Bridge, 60.94-lm Lipacan Bridge, 25.94-lm Sinusayan Bridge, and 40.94-lm Lapirawan Bridge were also underway in its on sub-structure works.
The DPWH-UPMO Road Right of Way Task Force is continuously working out the necessary right of way requirements in coordination with the project stakeholders.
“The project supports the economic growth and development in Western Mindanao by reducing travel time, providing safe and efficient travel, and improve (sic) peace and order situation through road network development,” the DPWH said.