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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Army to build hanging bridge


The Army’s 542nd Engineering Construction Battalion is building another steel hanging bridge in a remote barangay of Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.

The 80-meter steel hanging bridge, with a budget of P2.3 million, will connect Sitio Cabagal to four other sitios of Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Capt. Ariel Castro of the 3rd Civil Military Operations Battalion said.

The groundbreaking rites were held July 13 in the area, and was attended by 70 barangay residents headed by Buenavista barangay chairman Harry Higgins, Maj. Arvin Cabantug of the 542ng ECB, Chief Inspector Antonio Benitez, Himamaylan City police chief, and Councilor Emmanuel Castro, who represented Mayor Ernesto Agustin Bascon.

Castro said the steel bridge will connect sitios of Cabagal, Malo, Palay, Vito and Universal, all of Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City. The project is funded by the city government.

Two other steel hanging bridges were also constructed by Army engineers in Brgys Carabalan and Mahalang, all in Himamaylan City.

Cabantug, who is the executive officer of 542 ECB, said the new project is a symbol of “peace and development” dedicated to the Buenavista barangay residents, in collaboration with the city government of Himamaylan.

He added that the steel hanging bridge will provide access to the five Buenavista barangay sitios, whose residents and students now have to cross the river, in order to go to other sitios.*GPB


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