P29-M reconstructed bridge in Bulacan opens

NEWLY-REHABILITATED BRIDGE OPENS. Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, together with Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando and Board Member Perlita Delos Santos, lead the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the P29-million worth reconstructed bridge in Barangay Dulong Bayan, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on Monday, March 4, 2019. With them are former City of San Jose Del Monte Mayor Reynaldo San Pedro (far right) Rev. Father Arvin Jay Jimenez (middle) and Councilor Irene Del Rosario (far left). (Photo courtesy of Provincial Public Affairs Office)

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan — A newly-reconstructed bridge in this city was formally opened on Monday (March 4) after a year-long closure.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, together with Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando, led the inauguration of the reconstructed 25-linear meter long bridge in Barangay Dulong Bayan here.

The PHP29-million reconstructed bridge will benefit commuters and motorists going to Barangay Poblacion as it will shorten travel time compared to when it was not yet passable.

Alvarado reminded the residents to take care of the bridge so that the next generation of Bulakenyos could benefit from it as well.

“At the time it was made in 1970, there was no retrofitting technology so the life span of this bridge was even 70 years old. It was completely replaced, and its passing was heavy. This time, it is strong and it will take more than 70 years,” the governor said.

Fernando shared Alvarado’s view, noting that the bridge would be a contributing factor to the success of the city and the province.

According to Glenn Reyes, head of the Provincial Engineer’s Office, the 49-year-old bridge was closed for a year and was reconstructed in five months’ time.

Daisy Tongol, a resident of this city, is happy that the bridge is now open as everything will return to normal for them.

“Madali na kasing lumabas-pasok samin ngayon dito. Hindi na iikot pa ng malayo. Wala nang hassle kasi ‘di na kakain ng maraming oras (It would be easier for us to get in and out of here now. We will no longer need to take a longer route. There is no more hassle as time will not be wasted),” she said.

Emma Sanz, also a resident here, expressed her gratitude to the provincial government of Bulacan for the completion of the bridge’s repair.

“Nagpapasalamat kami at malaking kaginhawahan ito sa amin. Wala nang masisirang sasakyan kasi sa hirap ng iniikot ng mga sasakyan talagang masisira. Wala nang magrereklamo, kasi ito ang pinakamadaling daan (We are thankful and it is a big convenience for us. Vehicles will no longer be worn out easily. No one would complain anymore because this is the easiest route),” Sanz said.

The bridge was blessed by Rev. Fr. Arvin Rey Jimenez. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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