Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. inaugurated last Wednesday (August 9, 2017) a hanging bridge that links Brgy. Bolocaue and Brgy. Cagbang in Miag-ao, Iloilo.
The hanging bridge which traverses Uya-oy River has a total length of 87 linear meters.
It has a total project cost of P1.5 million; P1.2 million of the fund was provided by Gov. Defensor while the rest came from the local government unit (LGU) of Miag-ao.
Mayor Macario Napulan said the hanging bridge will not only serve barangays Bolocaue and Cagbang but also 19 other barangays. He noted that a number of individuals have already drowned because they crossed the river even when the current was strong. “With the hanging bridge, the people could already cross the river even when the weather is bad,” Napulan said.
The hanging bridge could also shorten the travel of the residents to the town proper, thus lesser expense on their part. Napulan also pointed that the hanging bridge could help bolster tourism in Brgy. Cagbang, which boasts of their native pottery-making tradition.
Gov. Defensor was the first governor to reach Brgy. Bolocaue, which is some 11 kilometers away from the town proper. In his message during the program, Defensor stressed that he always gives priority to the building of roads and bridges in the farflung barangays of the province because he knows how important they are to the lives of the people. “I know the sacrifices, the dreams and the aspirations of the people living in the farms because I also came from the farms,” Defensor quipped.
At the end of the program, Mayor Napulan again asked the governor’s assistance for the proposed construction of another hanging bridge that would connect Brgy. Cagbang and Brgy. Banbanan with an estimated project cost of P1 million. Gov. Defensor committed to help the project and advised the barangay officials and Mayor Napulan to submit the needed resolutions and program of works to his office. (EC Garcia with JZ Tormon/ Capitol News)