The 32-Kilometer Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge Will Eclipse All Bridges If Approved
On February 13, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar announced they had completed the prefeasibility study on the proposed Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge, a megastructure which, if approved, is set to eclipse the longest bridges in the Philippines.
The Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge is going to be 32 kilometers long, which would dwarf the 2-kilometer San Juanico Bridge, which has held the title of the longest bridge in the Philippines ever since it was built.
"We have already completed the prefeasibility study for the 32.47 km Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge. We are now in the final stages of the feasibility study," Villar wrote on his Facebook page.
The bridge will link Panay, Guimaras, and Negros, the three major islands in the Western Visayas region. It aims to improve the transport of agricultural products that can lead to inclusive growth.
China Pulled Out of the Project, Korea Stepped In
In a Senate hearing in October, DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain revealed China, through the China Eximbank, had pulled out of the project, delaying it. It was the Export-Import Bank of Korea that showed interest in the proposed megastructure and was the one who reviewed the project's feasibility.
The 32-kilometer Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge is composed of two phases: the Panay-Guimaras section which is 13 kilometers long, and the Guimaras-Negros section which is 19.37 kilometers long.