In a bid to connect the islands here, a lawmaker announced on Wednesday the construction of a PHP300-million inter-island bridge project. Rep. Cindi King-Chan said PHP60 million will be allocated for the construction of phase 1 of the bridge project that will link the main Olango Island Group to Pangan-an, an island village famous for seafood and white beaches. The funding of the entire project will be coursed through congressional allocation. 'The bridge project will spur further economic and tourism activity on Olango Islands. It will improve accessibility and convenience for residents,' King-Chan told reporters. According to a separate statement from the Lapu-Lapu city government, Mayor Junard Chan and his wife, Rep. King-Chan, conducted a public consultation with the city councilors to discuss the viability of interconnecting the city's largest island group through a bridge. The bridge will establish a vital link between the small tourism island village of Pangan-an and the main Olango island, connecting through Barangay Sabang in the south, the statement said. In October last year, the city council passed a resolution that paved the way for the construction of the Olango Bridge project which will also improve accessibility for students who currently face difficulties attending classes due to limited transportation options during low tides. City Engineer Perla Amar said the site development perspective indicates that the bridge will have a width of three meters and a length ranging from 2.3 to 2.8 kilometers and will feature shaded viewing decks placed at 500-meter intervals. To accommodate small boats, the bridge will be constructed approximately 2 meters above the water level, he said.
Source: Philippines News Agency