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Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge

Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge

Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge: The Iloilo Guimaras Negros Cebu Link Bridge is a planned network of bridges in the Visayas connecting the islands of Panay, Guimaras, Negros, and Cebu. This article will provide updates related to the Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge.


Update as of September 2019: In light of the recent sea tragedy in the Iloilo-Guimaras strait (2019), Ilonggo son Franklin Drilon is pushing for the construction of the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge. A week after the sea mishap that yielded 31 deaths, Guimaras suffered a hard blow to its economy.

The August 3 tragedy involving three capsized motorboats justifies the need for the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge, according to the esteemed senator. The tragedy should make stakeholders reevaluate the need for safety over the project’s high cost-benefit ratio. The long-proposed bridge will connect Iloilo and neighboring towns to the island province of Guimaras. Read more: Drilon sea tragedy justifies Iloilo Guimaras bridge construction

Guimaras took a toll in maintaining tourist arrivals after the incident – a possible mistrust for motorboats from tourists, perhaps. According to Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin, the island’s arrivals declined by 80%. In addition, restrictions on boat operations also influenced the influx of visits to the island. It was mandated that all boat operators should roll up or remove awnings and limit passenger capacity to only 75%. Also, crossings are only limited from 6am to 6pm.

The ‘no awning’ rule also took a toll to passengers. Just recently, a retired policeman died while being transported on a roofless motorboat. The retiree was supposed to seek medical help in Iloilo and a motorboat ride was the sole mode of transportation from the island.

Moreover, another elderly female passenger lost consciousness while traveling via motorboat after being exposed to direct sunlight. These are just some of the stories that call for improvement in terms of transportation from Guimaras island to Iloilo City.

Drilon pursues Iloilo-Guimaras bridge construction. Just recently, during the groundbreaking ceremony of San Miguel Brewery Inc., Senator Drilon appealed to San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang to submit a proposal for the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge. Sam Miguel Corporation has recently expressed interest in constructing a beer factory in Leganes.

With the appeal, the San Miguel Corporation president responded that he will take a look into the senator’s proposal. Once a go, it will be the corporation’s second bridge project proposal in Western Visayas. The company has also proposed to bridge Boracay to mainland Malay.

The envisioned Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge will start in Leganes, Iloilo to San Lorenzo, Guimaras. The bridge will end at Pulupandan, Negros Occidental. Read more: Drilon asks SMC to build Iloilo-Guimaras bridge

In an article by Inquirer, the Department of Public Works and Highways envisions to commence construction of the Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros bridge in the second quarter of 2021. Moreover, during a senate hearing held last Monday, September 23, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says that the feasibility study is expected to be completed by October.


Update as of November 2019: The Regional Development Council in Western Visayas will prioritize the construction of the long awaited Iloilo-Guimaras bridge. The need for a bridge connecting the two was magnified after the recent sea mishap involving three capsized motorboats that claimed 31 lives. According to Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, newly appointed chairperson of the Regional Development Council Region VI, she will lobby for the endorsement of the construction of the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge.

“The Iloilo-Guimaras bridge project will be given priority because of the deaths of the boat passengers due to drowning,” states Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao. The Antique governor acknowledges that the project has to undergo a lengthy process, including pre-feasiblity and feasibility.

The Regional Development Council will endorse the major project to the National Economic and Development Council, NEDA, Board for funding. Cadiao assures the general public that she is doing her best given her appoinment as chairperson and to stand up given the trust and confidence of President Rodrigo Duterte who appointed her to the position.

It can be recalled that Ilonggo son Drilon is also lobbying for the construction of the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge. During the groundbreaking ceremony of San Miguel Brewery Inc., Senator Drilon appealed to San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang to submit a proposal for the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge. Sam Miguel Corporation has recently expressed interest in constructing a beer factory in Leganes.


Update as of December 2019: 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.

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