P3-trillion Negros-Panay bridge unworkable: guv

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Monday, November 14, 2011


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the proposed bridge with a budget of P3 trillion that will connect Negros to Panay is unworkable.

"They should bare who will fund the project," Marañon said, as he pointed out that such budget is about more than double of the country's budget for this year.

"We're not that foolish enough to believe it," he added.

New Negros Integrated North and South Realty Development Corporation represented by its project director general Architect Jose Jungco, legal consultant lawyer Roberto Camarista, and Dredger International consultrant Augusto Montelibano presented to the governor proposal.

The bridge will stretch 12 nautical miles or 16 kilometers and will traverse from Valladolid in Negros Occidental to Jordan in Guimaras and Iloilo.

Jungco said part of the project will be the reclamation of 100 hectares at the boulevard of Valladolid town.

Camarista said the project was already given the approval to secure the required permits by Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The first phase of the project will have a budget of P1.3 trillion, according to Jungco.

The fund for the project will have Euro funding.

He added the groundbreaking was supposed to be held last November 4 but has not pushed through because he was hospitalized on that day.

The exact date will be fixed upon his arrival from Singapore where he will meet this week with the funder.

Jungco said the Negros Panay bridge will be modeled after the Golden Gate Bridge. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 14, 2011.

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