Bohol solon backs proposed ‘Cebu-Bohol Friendship Bridge’ project
CEBU CITY, Oct. 25 (PNA) -- Rep. Aris Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) has expressed support for the proposed Cebu-Bohol Friendship Bridge, saying it will have a big economic impact to both provinces if realized.
Aumentado and several Bohol second district mayors and officials were in Cebu City Monday to conduct a “Bohol 2nd District Development Framework” meeting at Quest Hotel.
Aumentado said there will be no more stranded passengers in Cebu and Bohol even if ship trips are cancelled during typhoons because with a bridge, vehicles can freely travel.
Under the Philippine Coast Guard policy, vessels that are 1,000 tons or less are not allowed to sail once the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) will raise typhoon signal number one.
Pagasa Visayas Director Oscar Tabada said typhoon signal number one means the typhoon will arrive in the next 36 hours.
Although the travel time between Bohol and Cebu is only from one to three hours, the PCG is implementing the policy to prevent accidents.
Aumentado said the bridge, which will pass through Cordova, Cebu and Jetafe, Bohol, was endorsed by his father, the late Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado.
Aumentado said the proposed project was already endorsed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 and was declared pending when it reached the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
Earlier, former Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said he strongly supports the realization of the proposed 17-kilometer Cebu-Bohol Friendship Bridge because this will complement the coming Mactan-Cebu third bridge that will connect Cebu City and Cordova.
Sitoy, who is now a presidential legislative liaison, said that with the bridge, the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) power grid can supply power to Bohol, which is only connected to Leyte, while Bohol can supply water to Cebu, side-by-side with it. (PNA)