The Negros Occidental Provincial Development Council yesterday deferred action on the Department of Public Works and Highways request for the PDC to endorse the Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridges feasibility study to the Regional Development Council of Western Visayas.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who presided over the meeting at the Capitol, said action would be deferred until comments by the PDC members are addressed, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Ma. Lina Sanogal, said.
The feasibility study for the Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridges of the Department of Public Works and Highways central office was presented at the PDC meeting yesterday.
The project, that has been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority board, states that the Guimaras-Negros bridge will end in Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental.
However, Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer said he submitted a position paper requesting the NEDA Board to consider letting the bridge end in Valladolid or Bago City, instead.
If the bridge ends in Pulupandan government will have to pay for right of way on privately owned property and dislocate houses in three to five barangays with the road widening, he said.
On the other hand, if the bridge ends in front of the highway facing the sea in Valladolid there would no right of way costs and dislocation of houses, he said.
The funds for payment of the right of way in Pulupandan, could then be used reclaim land from the sea along the Valladolid highway that could be used as an economic zone, Ferrer said.
The vice governor said his wife, Rep . Juliet Marie Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th District), is also filing a resolution in Congress asking that sites other than Pulupandan be considered.
The DPWH reported that the bridge from Guimaras to Negros is estimated to cost P123.8 million and from Panay to Guimaras P65.7 million, Sanogal said.
The length of Panay-Guimaras bridge is 13 kilometers, while the Guimaras-Negros bridge is 19.47km.
At the meeting yesterday, the PDC also approved the 2020-2022 Provincial Annual Investment Plan and the Executive-Legislative Agenda.
The PDC also approved the request for a supplemental Annual Investment Program (AIP) for 2020 worth P645 million for various programs and projects of the provincial government.*
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