CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Northern Mindanao Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC-X) conducted its 1st Quarter 2022 project visits from 22 to 24 February to monitor and validate the implementation of local and national programs and projects in the region.
The monitoring team visited the Panguil Bay Bridge project in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, one of the major infrastructure projects under the government’s flagship ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, which is set to be the longest bridge in the Philippines. The 3.7-kilometer bridge will connect Tangub City in Misamis Occidental and the Municipality of Tubod in Lanao del Norte. The team also monitored the construction of access road, leading to the bridge.
The RPMC-X also inspected major bypass road projects implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Regional Office X in the province of Lanao del Norte and Iligan City. These are the Lanao del Norte Interior Circumferential Road, Tubod-Ganassi Road, Linamon-Zamboanga Road, and the Sta. Felomina-Bonbonon-Digkilaan-Rogongon Road. Once completed, these bypass roads will serve as alternate routes for vehicles plying through the Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Highway, easing traffic congestion in the main thoroughfares of both Lanao del Norte and Iligan City.
The team also visited the Milkfish Pen Culture Projects funded under the Special Areas for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-X) in Lanao del Norte and Iligan City. Other projects monitored were the Multi-Species Marine Hatchery established by the BFAR in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte and the Seaweeds Semi-Processing and Marketing Enterprise in Simbuco, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, funded by the Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture.
Concluding the visit was the Balo-i Flood Control Project, which involves the construction of flood mitigating structures or flood control dikes on both sides of the Agus River in the Balo-i Plains. This 1.34-kilometer structure aims to enhance the safety of the nearby residences, particularly during heavy floods.