LINGAYEN– The construction of the planned bridge to connect Santiago Island in Bolinao to mainland Pangasinan may finally start.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim on May 9 led the ceremonial turnover of materials recovered from the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Makati City, to jumpstart the construction of Santiago Bridge by the provincial government.
The materials are originally from the dismantled Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge built in 2012 to pave the way for the construction of a steel bridge.
“There’s no second thought, the Department of Public Works and Highways has approved our request for the turnover of materials to build a bridge in Pangasinan,” Lim said.
“Kaysa mabulok ang mga materyales ay mas minabuti na natin itong i-turnover sa Pangasinan para makatulong sa libo-libong tao dito,” he added.
Lim acknowledged that it was former Department of Transportation Undersecretary Thomas “Tim Orbos” (1st congressional district representative candidate) who lobbied for the turnover of materials to his home province to push for the construction of Santiago Bridge.
Orbos and provincial officials led by Gov. Espino earlier met with MMDA and DPWH officials in Manila for preliminary talks about the project.
“This turnover of materials opens door not only for the residents of Santiago Island, but also for the rest of Pangasinan,” the elated Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim said.
Also present during the turnover ceremony were: former Governor Oscar Orbos, Energy Assistant Secretary Bodie Pulido, and Land Transportation Office Regional Director chief of staff Hubert Villaruel. (PIO/MGNO)
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