Siargao is one of the country's top destinations for a vacation. Known as the 'Surfing capital of the Philippines', the group of islands has attracted many visitors despite not being the easiest to travel around in. The DPWH wants to fix that with the construction of a bridge connecting Catangnan and Cabitoonan villages in General Luna.
When completed, the bridge will measure 348 meters long and aims to significantly reduce travel time without going through the 18 kilometer Dapa-General Luna Road and Barangay roads of Sta. Cruz, Sta. Fe, and Libertad. With that, the DPWH says the bridge will be beneficial to locals, tourists and surfing enthusiasts going around the island looking for good surfing spots as waves change depending on season and weather condition.
“Construction activities are going smoothly on Phase 2 covering most part or 198-lineal meters of Catangnan-Cabitoonan Bridge. If weather permits, we aim to finish this segment by 2019 while we simultaneously work on the 75-lineal meter portion under Phase 3,” said Pol M. delos Santos, DPWH Region 13 Director.
Total cost of building the bridge is at Php 337 million, according to the government agency.
The bridge is funded under the convergence program of DPWH and the Department of Tourism (DOT) with the goal of boosting tourism in Siargao. The Catangnan-Cabitoonan Bridge bridge is part of a larger infrastructure program that sees the rehabilitation of a 2.22 kilometer road leading to Dapa Port, along with the construction of the 36-lineal meter Libertad Bridge.