Business: DPWH to Conduct New Study on Panay-Negros Bridge
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to conduct a "full-blown" feasibility study on the proposed Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridges soit can update the old version.
Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas, who attended a Liberal Party provincial convention in Talisay City Saturday, said he was informed that the DPWH will conduct an updated feasibility study on the cost of the bridges that will connect the three islands, and it’s going to be a "full blown" feasibility study.
He said part of the study is to determine on which areas should the bridges be built, at a lesser cost.
In its previous feasibility study on the proposed bridges, the DPWH pegged the amount at P29 billion, Treñas said.
Treñas said all the congressmen of Panay, Guimaras and Negros have endorsed the bridge project.
A PIA report said government officials in Panay are now negotiating for its possible funding from the Official Development Assistance and Japan’s International Cooperation Agency.
The bridge project was brought up as early as 2005 during the time of Gov. Joseph Marañon.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. earlier said he supports the project but due to the big budget it will need, it may take a long time to construct it. However, he also hopes that the project will be realized "in this lifetime."* (DBDangcalan)