NEDA: Panay-Guimaras-Negros Island Bridges construction to start in 2025

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THE construction of the P189.53 billion Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project will start in 2025 once the Detailed Engineering Design (DED) is completed on schedule and approved for funding and implementation by the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board.

This clarifies the news reports carried by several media outlets on the supposed start of the bridge construction, NEDA said in a press release on Thursday, February 23.

The project received all the required local endorsements of the provincial, municipal, and city councils of all affected areas, it said, adding that the Regional Development Council-6 has passed Resolution No. 33, Series of 2022, endorsing the funding and implementation of the project during its CY 2022 Third Quarter full council meeting on October 13, 2022, in Bacolod City.

As the project’s implementing agency, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started the bidding process for its DED with the submission and receipt of proposals scheduled on February 2023 and the Notice to Proceed on May 2023, NEDA said.

The duration of DED preparation is 18 months.

The proposed PGN Island Bridges Project is one of the priority projects under the "Build, Build, Build" program of former president Rodrigo Duterte.

It covers an entire route of 32.47 kilometers (km), composed of two sections: Section A (13 km Panay-Guimaras) and Section B (19.47 km Guimaras-Negros).* (PR)

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