DPWH Gears up the construction of Panguil Bay Bridge

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DPWH Gears up the construction of Panguil Bay Bridge Sub-Structure (Mindanao’s Longest Bridge)

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is gearing up to start the sub-structure works of the 3.169-kilometer Panguil Bay Bridge Project with sets of construction equipment requirements deployed on-site.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that although the restriction on the movement of people and goods because of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the bridge construction, the contractor can now go full blast with the delivery of equipment and materials to be used for its foundation works.

In his report to Secretary Villar, Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said that major bridge equipment by Korean joint venture contractor Namkwang-Kukdong-Gumwang has reached the project site aboard vessels from South Korea and Brunei.

DPWH officials led by Undersecretary Sadain together with UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim and Project Manager Teresita V. Bauzon inspected Thursday, March 25, 2021, the arrived construction equipment at Silanga Port, Tangub City, Misamis Occidental that will be used to build the bridge foundation and witnessed the start of deployment activities off-shore.

According to Undersecretary Sadain, among the available major bridge equipment are revolving cranes, tug boats, barges, reverse circulation drilling (RCD) machines, Vibro pile hammers, and steel casings. Other land-based equipments such as concrete batch plants, motor graders, excavators, dump trucks, vibratory rollers, and payloaders are also now on site both in Tangub City and Tubod, Lanao Del Norte.

With ongoing jacket fabrication, the initial bored piles and concrete pouring for pier #5 are targeted on or before the end of April 2021.

Considered a major infrastructure development in Northern Mindanao, the project to connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and Tubod, Lanao del Norte in just seven (7) minutes requires a total investment of P7.375 Billion with the P2.168 Billion to be financed by the Government of the Philippines (GOP) and the amount of P5.207 Billion under a loan agreement between GOP and Korean Export-Import Bank (Korea Eximbank).

In preparation for the bored pile works at Tangub and Tubod side, earthworks and embankment on the access road and approach road were ongoing.

Soon to be the longest bridge in the Philippines at 3.169 kilometers, we are excited to see the realization to make Filipinos even more connected through a mega-bridge that will spur interisland travel in Northern Mindanao, said Secretary Villar.

Once Panguil Bay Bridge is completed in 2023, it will surpass the 2.16-kilometer San Juanico Bridge that connects Samar and Leyte provinces in Eastern Visayas Region as the longest in the Philippines.

The extensive detailed engineering design of the Panguil Bay Bridge consists of the 320-meter extra-dosed type Main Bridge, Approach Bridge made of pre-stressed concrete girder 1,020 meters at Tangub Section and 900 meters at Tubod Section; and Approach Road 360 meters at Tangub and 569 meters at Tubod was completed on December 2020 despite the suspension of activities due to Covid-19 pandemic from March 16 to July 2020.


Update: Once finished, the 3.17-kilometer two-way two-lane Panguil Bay Bridge will be Mindanao’s longest bridge.

Targeted for completion by December 2023, the bridge will cut travel time between Tangub City in Misamis Occidental and the Municipality of Tubod in Lanao del Norte from 2 hours and 30 minutes to ONLY 7 minutes.

With funding assistance from SouthKorea, the ₱hp 7.37-billion project is being implemented by the @dpwhph UPMO Operations.


Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Acting Secretary Roger G. Mercado is keen to make the most of his remaining few days as a member of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration.

Secretary Mercado declared that although time is running out for the term of President Duterte will end this June 30, his duty to the public is far from over, and will not take a pause in fulfilling the enormous job at DPWH of providing the Filipino people with quality infrastructure.

The DPWH Chief together with Undersecretary and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain inspected on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, the ongoing Panguil Bay Bridge Project, listed among the 119 infrastructure flagship projects under the “Build, Build, Build” Program.

The two (2) officials were joined in the project visit by Undersecretary for Mindanao Operations Eugenio R. Pipo Jr.; Lanao Del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and Congressman Abdullah D. Dimaporo; Assistant Secretaries Ador G. Canlas, Antonio V. Molano Jr., Wilfredo S. Mallari, Mel John I. Verzosa and Rolito D. Manalo; and Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim and Project Manager Teresita V. Bauzon of DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral).

When finished, the 3.17-kilometer two-way two-lane Panguil Bay Bridge, which will link Tangub City in Misamis Occidental with the Municipality of Tubod in Lanao del Norte, will be Mindanao’s longest bridge.

With funding assistance from South Korea, the ₱7.37 Billion projects are being implemented by the DPWH UPMO Operations.

Undersecretary Sadain, in charge of DPWH UPMO Operations, reported in his briefing that the project has achieved 51.4 percent completion to date, recovering from the delays in the delivery of equipment and materials in 2020 brought about by the unprecedented impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic.

“I am delighted that the work is now progressing at a faster pace using state-of-the-art engineering equipment and adopting modern technology in bridge construction”, added Secretary Mercado.

The bridge project that has gained the full support of the Provincial Government of Lanao Del Norte and Misamis Occidental has an established Multi-Partite Monitoring Team to properly monitor and successfully implement the Panguil Bay Bridge Project.

Targetted for completion by December 2023, the Panguil Bay Bridge Project will make commuting easier as it will only take 7 minutes from Tangub to Tubod compared to 1 hour and 30 minutes via Roll-On Roll-Off vessels operating from Ozamis to Mucas or land travel through Panguil Bay road of 2 to 2 and a half hours over a total length of 100 kilometers.

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