By CHRISTIAN WAKEFIELD, Reporter
AT least 16 old bridges in Central Visayas have been endorsed to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for inclusion in the agency’s Bridges for Prosperity Acceleration Program (BPAP) to improve mobility of people, goods, and services in the respective localities where the bridges are located.
During the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 Full Council Meeting in Larena, Siquijor, the council unanimously approved the inclusion of six bridges in Bohol, eight bridges in Cebu, and two bridges in Negros Oriental to the DPWH program that aims to improve the condition of old bridges along national roads nationwide.
It was the DPWH 7 that requested for endorsement of the priority bridges for inclusion in the BPAP. The bridges identified were Tulay in Poblacion, Trinidad; Buli Bridge in San Roque, Talibon; Zamora Bridge in Talibon; Katubuan Bridge in La Esperanza, Dagohoy; Matin-ao I Bridge in Sierra Bullones; and Lubcanan Bridge in Jagna, all located in Bohol.
In Cebu, the bridges identified for rehabilitation are the Cabitoonan and Talavera Bridges in Toledo City; Suba Bridge in Tuburan; Tapon and Duguan Bridges in Dumanjug; and Anahaw Spillway, Lengigon, and Sumaguan Bridge in Argao.In Negros Oriental, Ajong Bridge in Sibulan and Jilocon Bridge in San Jose were endorsed for rehabilitation.
“With the rehabilitation of the identified bridges in Central Visayas, the mobility of people, goods and services from the major growth centers to the countryside and vice-versa will be improved, thereby accelerating economic development and creating more job opportunities,” said the resolution approved during the meeting presided by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.