Bailey Bridge Improves Access in Farming Village

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The twelve-year plight of a far-flung community in terms of accessibility has finally ended.

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang has turned over a Bailey Panel Bridge in the village of Sanghay in the City of Mati.

Funded under the Provincial Government’s Local Fund, the project was a product of Governor Dayanghirang’s flagship program Nagakakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan which has seen the residents’ painstaking struggles in crossing the river in order to get to the village.

Punong Barangay Diosdado Pahid said the bridge, which has long been anticipated by the residents, now connects remote sitios in the hinterlands down to the main village and to the capital City of Mati.

He said this new connection opens up a new stream of opportunities as it would help cut transportation time and cost for residents, particularly farmers who consist mostly of the population. “With the bridge, traders and buyers can easily go to the farms to get farmers’ harvested crops. Unlike before, some of the farm produce get damaged even before they arrive at the market as the motorcycles carrying the crops would sometimes fall down as they drive against the river’s current,” he added.

Farmers living across the river are overwhelmed by the breakthrough project. “We can now transport our farm produce without the risk of damaging them and without spending too much on the transportation cost,” Pahid said.

Aside from easing transportation and accessibility for farmers and residents, the bridge is touted to aid the entry of government services closer to the people and as a means of access in times of emergencies. “For years, villagers who live in the remote sitios endure crossing the river which during heavy downpour would get dangerously deep due to the heavy torrent and the rising level of water which eaves residents on the other side isolated,” he added.

The construction of the Bailey Bridge is only part of the Provincial Government’s master plan in improving access in the barangays called the Road Network Development Plan. Included in this ambitious plan is the 5.40-kilometer road concreting from the National Highway Junction of Barangay Libudon-Longcacob-Sanghay Section connecting to two other major road projects for implementation funded by various agencies.

Governor Dayanghirang said this ambitious alternate route project will not only increase mobility but will also result to economic benefits for the residents. The road project will also serve as alternate route in times of disasters, he said.

The Governor, during the turn-over ceremony, called on the people’s support to the government in the implementation of the project. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan




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