Despite the pandemic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assured that work on the Panguil Bridge will continue and is on track with its target opening of 2023. 

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said the project is now 22 percent complete and preparation for the bridge’s foundation is already being undertaken. 

According to Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain, who inspected the infrastructure on August 5, 15 of the 54 bored piles for the Panguil Bay Bridge sub-structure has been completed at present – at a depth ranging 30 to 50 meters. 

To ensure the quality of the work, the completed bored piles are subjected to checking and will also undergo pile loading test to determine the safety factor, Undersecretary Sadain added. 

Sadain together with Project Director Sharif Madsmo Hasim of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 also assessed the performance of Korean joint venture contractor Namkwang-Kukdong-Gumwang, specifically the off-shore construction activities, during their visit.

Once completed, the 3.169-kilometer Panguil Bay Bridge will connect Tangub City and Tubod across Panguil Bay in just seven minutes. 

The project is worth Php 7.375 billion and is funded through the loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GOP) and the Korean Export-Import Bank (Korea Eximbank).

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