Lingayen, Pangasinan — The dream of connecting Santiago Island in Bolinao to mainland Pangasinan will soon be realized.
The project gains ground when Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim on May 9 led the ceremonial turnover of materials to jumpstart the construction of Santiago bridge in Bolinao to be implemented by the provincial government.
Lim was accompanied by MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia in the turnover ceremony of materials to the provincial government, which was attended by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., on behalf of Governor Amado I. Espino, III.
The materials to be used for the construction of Santiago bridge are originally (75%) of the materials of the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge in Makati City, which was dismantled recently to pave the way for the construction of a steel bridge.
Estrella-Pantaleon bridge is a relatively new bridge which was built sometime in 2012 – 2013.
“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,” the MMDA chairman said.
“Kaysa mabulok ang mga materyales ay mas minabuti na natin itong i-turn over sa Pangasinan para makatulong sa libo-libong tao dito,” he added.
Lim acknowledged former Department of Transportation Undersectary 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 in Bolinao.
Orbos, former MMDA chairman, along with provincial officials led by Governor Espino has 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 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. /Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca
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