The construction of Panguil Bay Bridge connecting Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Tangub City, Misamis Occidental is nearly halfway through, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced.
Emil K. Sadain, DPWH’s Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations, led the inspection of the 3.169-km bridge on Thursday, Jan. 27, and reported that it has now attained a weighted average of 41.83 percent.
Sadain said he has been closely monitoring the construction of the bridge foundation to ensure greater stability and safety, and to prevent structural failures of this flagship project of the government.
The project is funded by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and Korean Export Import Bank.
The engineering design for the bridge was based on an extensive geotechnical survey onshore and offshore back in 2020, and it gathered bathymetric data from the study of the underwater depth of ocean floors to ensure that the bridge is built on good foundations with high strength to weight ratio.
In 2021, the DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) and its contractor Namkwang-Kukdong-Gumgwang Joint Venture stepped up the construction of bored piles foundation of the bridge, with about 40 of the 54 already completed to date.
Towards the end of the year 2022, the department is targeting to reach 80.47-percent project accomplishment with completed approach bridge from Abutment 1 to Pier 10 at Tangub side, Main Bridge Pylon 1 and 2, and Pier 23 to Abutment 2 at Tubod side.
The project completion will be achieved by December 2023 with full year activities centered on the approach bridge from Pier 10 to 17 Tangub side, and Pier 18 to 23 Tubod sid, 320 meters main bridge, and the approach roads.
The construction of a high-level bridge across Panguil Bay in Northern Mindanao will end the decades-long wait for better connectivity between Tubod and Tangub City, Sadain said.
Meanwhile DPWH Sec. Roger Mercado said that the new bridge will help in the development and progress of economy in the area as it will reduce travel time of Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) vessels from Ozamiz City and Tangub City to Mukas Port and Tubod to just seven minutes instead of the usual 2.5 hours.
The Panguil Bay Bridge will also help address transportation challenges as other present mode between Tangub and Tubod is by land travel of two to 2.5 hours over a total length of 100 kilometers, he added.