MASANTOL - Barangays or villages in the left bank portion of Masantol will soon have easier access going to the town proper after the construction of a P500-million bridge in Barangay Bebe Anac here.
According to Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc, the one-kilometer bridge project is expected to connect at least six barangays in the left bank portion of this town, as well as several villages in adjacent Bulacan province.
Bondoc disclosed that currently, the easiest way to reach the town proper from the villages of Alauli, Bagang, Sagrada, Balibago, Nigui and Sapang Kawayan is to cross Pampanga River using boats.
The only concrete access villagers have is the Pampanga Delta Dike which leads to barangays Calumpit and Hagonoy in Bulacan, instead of in Pampanga, Bondoc disclosed.
“Imagine having at least six barangays whose seafood production reach millions each day. Ito po ay nangangahulugan na loss sa ekonomiya ng Masantol at ng buong Pampanga. Imbes sa atin magluwas ng produkto ang ating mga kababayan, napupunta ito sa Bulacan dahil doon sila mas malapit,” he said.
Once constructed, the bridge will spur development for Masantol and the whole of Pampanga as it is expected to source out businesses and income from as far as Bulacan.
Aside from the economic effect, Bondoc said that residents in the said villages will not be isolated from health care as well as educational institutions which are the great dilemmas of the community.
“Ito po ay matagal ng pangarap ng mga kabalen natin sa left bank ng Masantol. Sa pamamagitan ng tulay, hindi na po natin masasabing isolated sila. Magiging buo na ang Pampanga,” he stressed.
Bondoc disclosed that the infrastructure project, which will be facilitated by the Department of Public Works and Highways, is now up for bidding and will start construction early next year.
It will complement the proposed convergence road project which will link several municipal and barangay roads from Masantol up to Bacolor and Angeles City, bypassing the heavy traffic in MacArthur Highway.