ILOILO – Thousands of residents in five barangays of the municipality of Tigbauan no longer face the danger of crossing the river or a slippery bamboo bridge when going to the town proper.
A 42-meter hanging steel footbridge was recently inaugurated in Barangay San Rafael, Tigbauan. Worth P1.7 million, it serves the neighboring barangays of Bayuco, Napnapan and Nagba.
Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. also inaugurated a 40-meter hanging bridge in Barangay Jamog amounting to P1.6 million.
Both projects were funded by the 20 percent development fund of the provincial government. The municipal government, meanwhile, gave a counterpart of P100,000 and P400,000, respectively.
Previously, according to 66-year-old Consejo Analista of Barangay San Rafael, they have to wait for the water in the river to subside before crossing it when going to the town center.
“Now commuting is easier and faster,” she said.
Meanwhile, the provincial government allotted P200,000 for the installation of solar lights in Barangay San Rafael.
Another P360,000 was provided for the concreting of a road in Barangay Bayuco.
Last month, April 10, Defensor also inaugurated the 7.89-kilometer Parara-Jamog Provincial Road worth P87.4 million. It covered 20 barangays.
It was funded by the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project. The provincial government had a counterpart of 10 percent while the municipal government gave P2 million. (Capitol News/PN)