New bridge to replace Cabatuan's Tigum Bridge
Connects Cabatuan to Iloilo City


Cabatuan, Iloilo, Philippines
PIA Press Release 2008/10/16

New bridge to replace "Frank"-damaged Tigum Bridge

Iloilo City (16 October) -- A new bridge will be constructed to replace the Tigum Bridge in Barangay Tabucan, Cabatuan, Iloilo which was heavily damaged by Typhoon Frank last June.

This was disclosed by Department of Public Works and Highways 6 (DPWH 6) Assistant Regional Director Juby Cordon during the recent on-site visitation of the members of the Task Force Bangon Panay led by its Executive Director, Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Raul Banas of Tigum Bridge and E. Marcos Bridge, all in the municipality of Cabatuan.

"The new bridge will be constructed beside the Tigum Bridge as soon as the fund is available which will be taken either from the Urgent Bridge Program or the Paglaum Fund, whichever comes first," said Cordon.

Cordon said that Tigum Bridge, and other vital bridges in the province that were damaged by typhoon "Frank" such as the E. Marcos Bridge in Barangay Amerang, Baltazar-Aquino Bridge in Leon and Camanggahan Bridge in Guimbal were included in the proposal for funding under the Urgent Bridge Program of the department and the Paglaum Fund at total estimated cost of around P500 million.

Tigum Bridge was re-opened to vehicular traffic last August 18 after it underwent immediate rehabilitation where steel baileys were used to temporarily make up for its two damaged spans. At present, it can only accommodate load of not more than 5 tons.

The closure of the bridge had adversely affected not only the flow of the vehicular traffic but the mobility of commuters to and from Iloilo City, hence its immediate repair was a priority.

Tigum Bridge connects the municipalities of Cabatuan, Maasin, Janiuay, Lambunao and Calinog to Iloilo City. It is also along the Iloilo-Capiz route connecting the towns of Tapaz, Jamindan and Dumalag of the Capiz province.

On the other hand, the E. Marcos Bridge is now open to light vehicular traffic through a temporary bridge while repair works continue in the Macapagal-Syjuco Friendship Bridge in Alimodian, Baltazar-Aquino Bridge and Camanggahan Bridge. (PIA)

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