January 29, 2023

PINUKPUK, Kalinga – The Department of Public Works and Highways Lower Kalinga District Engineering Office (DPWH-LKDEO) is fast-tracking the completion of the phase 2 of the Tappo, Apatan hanging bridge in this town.
OIC LKDEO District Engineer Ruby Uyam said the project phase is expected to be finished in the third quarter of the year. The fund for the project is scheduled for release later this year, but the contractor proceeded at his own risk, she said.
Uyam said the bridge is a local project but DPWH, through the initiative of Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, accommodated it and took charge of its replacement due to the clamor of residents for its immediate construction due to its exigency and it being located in an insurgency- influenced area.
The bridge, which was destroyed during a calamity two years ago, is the main connection of villagers to their production areas on the other side of the Saltan River and of teachers and students going to school and to other barangays.
The amount of P1 million was allotted last year for the first phase of the project which was used for the construction of the other side of the tower and anchor.
DPWH Project Supervising Engineer Warren Liwaliw said the second phase of the project amounting to P1million is being fast-tracked.
“This is also DPWH’s contribution to the whole of nation approach under Executive Order 70 to end local communist armed conflict,” Uyam said. – Peter A. Balocnit