New bridge to boost connectivity, tourism in coastal village

BRIDGING THE GAP:The newly completed two-lanes RCDG Bridge at Barangay Lucatan in Tarragona town is touted not only to maximize Lucatan’s economic potentials but will also provide people safe passage to the town center.

BRIDGING THE GAP:The newly completed two-lanes RCDG Bridge at Barangay Lucatan in Tarragona town is touted not only to maximize Lucatan’s economic potentials but will also provide people safe passage to the town center.

TARRAGONA, DAVAO ORIENTAL – A newly completed bridge has recently been opened at the coastal village of Lucatan in Tarragona town, providing residents here a safe, year-round access to the town center where government services and opportunities are located.

Using areinforced concrete deck girder (RCDG) design, the two-lane bridge with improved structural integrity replaces the old 100-meter footbridge that residents here have depended on for years in crossing the river.

Implemented by the Davao Oriental First District Engineering Office under the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH), the fund for this project was sourced out from the National Calamity Fund through the initiative of First District Representative, Congressman Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

Dayanghirang said during the turn-over ceremony that aside from improving connectivity, the bridge is also touted to maximize Lucatan’s economic potentials. He said that investing in efficient rural transportation system such as this would significantly contribute in alleviating poverty as it would improve local trade and open up other investment opportunities.

Implemented by the Davao Oriental First District Engineering Office under the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH), the fund for this project was sourced out from the National Calamity Fund through the initiative of First District Representative, Congressman Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

Implemented by the Davao Oriental First District Engineering Office under the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH), the fund for this project was sourced out from the National Calamity Fund through the initiative of First District Representative, Congressman Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

Meanwhile, endowed with charming beaches, waterfalls, caves, a diving site, and even a bonsai site, the village of Lucatan is now being considered as another potential tourist destination that would help generate more livelihood and income for the locals.

In addition, the DPWH added that Barangay Lucatan’s ideal location makes it a suitable access point in transporting agricultural and marine products, thus, would intensify economic and social activities here.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who graced the ceremonial turn-over, added that aside from improving the quality of life of the rural families of Lucatan, this new bridge would also help save lives as it would provide safe passage to schools, markets, and hospital, among others.

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Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon

Residents here say that although the old bridge had already become an important part of their daily lives considering that it had been their only link to services and opportunities, they were often faced with the disadvantage of not being able to reach basic services in times of heavy flooding.

“We often get stranded during floods, thus, isolating our whole community from the town center. Worse is that some lives have perished here mainly due to drowning from attempts of crossing the river,” a resident said.  “It would take us so many hours to wait before the water recedes allowing us to cross,” said another.

Barangay Captian Estalin Martin said that with this new bridge, ‘lives of the people in their community would definitely change’. “We no longer have to worry in case of heavy rains and floods,” he said upon welcoming the new development.

Tarragona Mayor Nestor Uy thanked Congressman Dayanghirang and Governor Malanyaon for their continuous support to his town, noting their programs and projects as truly effective in bridging the gap for their people.

Also present during the ceremonial turn-over are Board Members Niño Uy, Lito Macatabog, Anna Louise Tambilawan, Dante Caubang, Joselito Villademosa, Jose Mario Palma Gil, Andresito Burgos, and Larry Taya. KLD

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