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Panguil Bay Bridge construction at full steam, DPWH

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DPWH – Emil K. Sadain, Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), said that building of the Panguil Bay Bridge between Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Tangub City, Misamis Occidental is proceeding apace.

Sadain stated in an inspection report to Secretary Roger G. Mercado that the design and construction of the 3.169 kilometers bridge project is moving along quickly, with a weighted average of 41.83 percent completed to date.

Sadain, Chief Implementer of President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship projects under the Build, Build, Build Program, arrived in Lanao del Norte on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and conducted an offshore inspection at Panguil Bay towards Misamis Occidental to inspect the bridge foundation works.

Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) Project Director, Edwin Matanguihan, Bureau of Design OIC Director, Aristarco Doroy, and Project Managers Teresita Bauzon and Mike Ramos were also present.

Undersecretary Sadain has been closely monitoring the bridge foundation’s construction to provide increased stability and safety, as well as to prevent structural failures of this showpiece infrastructure project.

The engineering design for the bridge was based on an extensive geotechnical survey conducted onshore and offshore in 2020, as well as bathymetric data gathered from the study of the underwater depth of ocean floors, to ensure that the Panguil Bay Bridge is built on solid foundations with a high strength-to-weight ratio.

In 2021, DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) and its contractor Namkwang-Kukdong-Gumgwang Joint Venture will have finished approximately 40 of the total 54 drilled piles foundations.

By the end of 2022, DPWH hopes to have completed the approach bridge from Abutment 1 to Pier 10 on the Tangub side, the Main Bridge Pylons 1 and 2, and the Pier 23 to Abutment 2 on the Tubod side.

The project will be completed by December 2023, with full-year activities focusing on the approach bridge from Pier 10 to 17 Tangub side and Pier 18 to 23 Tubod side, the 320-meter Main Bridge, and the approach roads.

The building of a high-level bridge spanning Panguil Bay in Northern Mindanao will put an end to a decades-long quest for greater connectivity between Tubod and Tangub City.

According to Secretary Mercado, the new bridge, which would usher in development and progress, will cut transit time from Ozamiz City/Tangub City to Mukas Port/Tubod from 2.5 hours to 7 minutes via Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) vessels.

The Panguil Bay Bridge will aid in addressing transportation issues, as the current means of transit between Tangub and Tubod is by land travel of 2 to 2.5 hours over a total distance of 100 kilometers.

It will improve the economy and boost tourism growth between Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte.

The project is supported by a loan agreement between the Philippine government and the Korean Export Import Bank.

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