Just recently, members of the Investment Coordination Committee approved 12 infrastructure projects last December 20. Most of the projects are on the economic team’s newest flagship projects list. This includes the highly anticipated Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge.
The Php 97.3 billion project will be financed through an ‘Official Development Assistance’ (ODA) and is targeted to be passable by 2024. Moreover, according to the data of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Panay-Guimaras segment will be composed of a 13.10-kilometer road and a 4.80-kilometer bridge, connecting Brgy Gua-an in Leganes to Brgy. Getulio in Buenavista, Guimaras. Furthermore, the Guimaras-Negros section will commence from Brgy M Chavez in San Lorenzo Guimaras and end at Brgy Canjusa in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental.
It can be recalled that the Regional Development Council in Western Visayas vowed to prioritize the construction of the long-awaited Iloilo-Guimaras bridge. The need for a bridge connecting the two was magnified after the sea mishap involving three capsized motorboats that claimed 31 lives last August. According to Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, newly appointed chairperson of the Regional Development Council Region VI, she will be lobbying for the endorsement of the construction of the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge.