By Ben Serrano
The proposed 3.23 kilometers bridge that will connect mainland Surigao del Norte to Siargao Island was the most applauded portion of the State of the Province Address by Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas held on Monday at the Provincial Convention Center in Surigao City .
Slide presentation visible at the wide screen during the SOPA showed proposed plans of the bridge that will connect Hayanggabon in Claver, Surigao del Norte to Dona Helene, Sering, Bucas Grande islands in Socorro, Surigao del Norte and Bagacay, Dapa, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island.
In an interview, Surigao del Norte 1st district Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas told Caraga News Courier he first heard the about plan to build the bridge during a meeting with her governor-mother, former Rep. Francisco Matugas , Metro Pacific and Philippines Star’s Chair Manny V. Pangilinan and Public Works Secretary Mark in the presence of President Duterte.
“It was sir MVP who told us that he personally saw the 42 kilometers long, world’s longest cross-sea bridge in China which brought the idea that Siargao Island and mainland Surigao del Norte which by boat travel by more than two hours can be possibly connected by building a bridge, ” Matugas said.
The young solon claimed MVP has reportedly partnered with the Chinese construction firm that build the China’s Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, linking the eastern port city of Qingdao and the offshore island Huangdao in Shanghai.
A research made by this writer showed China owned five of the longest bridge in the World today and one of them is Jiaozhou Bay Bridge by which MVP reportedly visited according to the Surigao solon which is 35 meters wide in span and 42 kilometers long.
The Chinese bridge is more than four kilometers longer.
The Surigao Bridge is only part of the proposed P7.098-B Siargao Nautical Highway which is composed of 3.23 kilometers long bridge, the 42 kilometers road network that will connect Socorro, Bucas Grande, the Bagacay Dapa Road and the Siagao Island circumferential highway.
If completed as planned the Surigao del Norte bridge will become the country’s longest that will surpassed 2.2 kilometers San Juanico Bridge in Leyte.
Former Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas also told Caraga News Courier that Villar has already funded the master development of the plan of the Siargao Nautical Highway during a meeting with Duterte recently.
“Construction maybe will start next year if plans won’t miscarry and it will be finish within Duterte’s term hopefully, ” the former solon said.
According to Matugas , the proposed bridge will be build the joint Filipino-Chinese Construction conglomerates earthquake-proof and can withstand 7.5 magnitude quake.