Itabiak Bridge, which is the passageway to the town proper of San Vicente, Palawan is finally undergoing repair as commuters have been complaining of the inconvenience and danger it poses.
Acting Municipal Engineer Charlie Cachuela reported that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 1st Engineering District has commenced the construction of Itabiak Bridge which is already rundown as it was only made of wood.
Engr. Cachuela said that the construction started July 30 by BCH Construction and Trading after DPWH bid out the project due to the request of the local government unit of San Vicente.
“Sumulat kami sa kanila (DPWH) right after nagkaroon ng damage sa bridge,” said Engr. Cachuela.
Commuter rants in social media due to difficulty of crossing the river that serves as detour during rainy days.
“Kailan kaya maayos ang Itabiak Bridge? Ang hirap dumaan sa ilog lalo na sa mga maliliit na sasakyan,” said one irked commuter.
Cachuela said that even them received complaints from town resident but stressed that the bridge repair is under the jurisdiction of the DPWH and not of the LGU of San Vicente.
He advised commuters that during rainy days, they can use the Alimanguan way as an alternate route while the LGU personnel are still discussing the other possible alternate route.
“Kino-consider namin na maging safe sya (detour) kahit mayroon malakas na baha kasi isa yan sa pinaka-malaking river dito sa San Vicente,” said Cachuela.
The bridge construction which is expected to be completed in February 2018 has a budget of around P17million.