The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) clarified that the multibillion-peso Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge is not a shelved project.
According to the DPWH-6, the feasibility study on the proposed project is ongoing.
The agency said CCCC Highway Consultants, Co. Ltd., a Chinese government-owned firm, gave updates on the feasibility study during a coordination meeting held in Iloilo City recently.
The meeting was attended by officials of the DPWH-6, Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) and planning engineers from District Engineering Offices.
It was also attended by officials of various national government agencies such as the Department of Tourism (DOT), represented by Regional Director Helen J. Catalbas, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Provincial Environment Offices (PEOs), and local government unit (LGU) representatives from Iloilo, Negros and Guimaras.
The Chinese firm’s consultants presented their feasibility study report which is comprised of ten types of studies covering various scope of work, namely: socio-economic and transportation, environmental impact analysis, social impact assessment, geotechnical and geological investigation, engineering survey, seismic safety evaluation, marine hydrologic study, meteorological environment and design wind parameters, navigation and ship impact study, and engineering proposal.
The Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge is part of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” Program.IMT