The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now preparing documents needed for the application for an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the construction of a concrete road along the proposed Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge.
The P150-million “Guimaras Cross Island Road” should be completed first before the construction of the proposed bridge, according to DPWH-6 OIC-Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño Jr.
Leaño, in a letter, requested Buenavista Mayor Eugenio Reyes to provide them with required certifications to be submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The DPWH-6 is also seeking a permit to cut down trees to give way to the project.
“One of the requirements for the issuance of the said document is the Sangguniang Bayan resolution interposing no objection on the cutting/removal of the affected trees within the road right-of-way limits,” said Leaño.
“Furthermore, may we respectfully request from your good office to facilitate a public consultation with barangay officials, stakeholders and representatives of any identified Civil Society Organization/s within your area for their favorable endorsement on the removal/cutting of trees affected by the project.”
The DPWH-6 is the lead implementing agency of the proposed Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge, which has an estimated cost of P21.67 billion.
NEDA-6 Director Ro-Ann Bacal said the bridge is already a go project.
Last March, Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Vice Minister Fu Ziying of the Ministry of Commerce exchanged letters related to the first two feasibility studies of the nine projects supported by the Chinese government.
The feasibility studies pertain to the construction of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge and Davao City Expressway, said Dominguez in a press statement. IMT