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Catamco inaugurates P40-M Guangan bridge in NoCot

Local News • 20:30 PM Sun Oct 18, 2020
Edith Z. Caduaya/
North Cotabato Gov.Nancy Catamco (3rd from left) inspects a bridge under construction in the village of Guangan, Makilala town that she inaugurated Sunday.

MAKILALA, North Cotabato — A year after the devastation brought about by the magnitude 6.6 earthquake, today North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco inaugurates the P40-million worth of bridge in Barangay Guangan here.

Guangan is a small village which sits at the borders of the towns in North Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Maguindanao.

The bridge serves as the gateway and the nearest access to the town cutting travel time by over an hour.

Residents here have long felt outcast and the Guangan bridge described by the residents as ‘overflow’ or spillover bridge, which was built in 1974 has long been unkempt by the provincial government but lowly folks maintained what they considered a treasure through Bayanihan and cash from the meager barangay fund.

Guangan was declared no man’s land in the early 80’s due to the sporadic war between the then Ilaga and the Moro bandits given its geographical location and the terrain.

The 2019 earthquake rendered the ‘overspill’ bridge almost totally damaged but Senator Bong Go, who was informed about the importance of the bridge, facilitated the release of the P40-million fund from the Department of Public Works and Highways through the disaster fund.

Catamco and Second District Congressman Rudy Caoagdan have collaborated to ask for funding for the bridge, which the Office of the President granted given the importance of the bridge.

On Sunday, Catamco graced the ‘thanksgiving and inauguration’ of the long-dreamed bridge.

In her message Catamco said “As the mother of the province, the devastation has prompted me to be strong to source out for funds, connecting to different funding agencies and benevolent donors. Today, I thank President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Go for considering our request, this small and neglected bridge has finally been part of the country’s development."

Guangan, according to Catamco, is a small village “but this village, and this bridge serve as the gateway for the residents of Barangays Bacong in Davao del Sur, Batang, New Caridad, Banayal, Bituan and Banayal via Luna Sur as the gateway to reach Makilala town center and your easiest route to reach Davao del Sur and Davao City."

The earthquake, according to the governor was a big challenge to all Cotabateños "but our unity, our determination and collective effort as one province has led us to become stronger and bounce back after the storms of our lives, the earthquake has left us with almost nothing but here we are today — united and strong as we recover from what we lost."

Guangan Barangay Captain Armando Yabut, in his message. said he could not believe that the residents’ dream has turned into reality.

“Wala gayud diay mi pasagdi sa gobierno, amo na nga nakita karon nga naa diay mi sa ilang prioridad," Yabut said.

Yabot thanked Catamco and Caoagdan, saying: “Maskin lainlain sila og partido pero nag-usa sila tungod sa ilang gugma sa katawhan, Salamat kaayo Gob Nancy ug Cong Rudy sa inyong pagmahal ug pagdungon sa among problema."

“Kang President Duterte ug kang Senator Bong Go, wala man mo namu nakauban dinhi, pero dili namo puede malimtan ang inyong tabang namo, magpabilin kini sa among dughan,” Yabut said.

Catamco also asked the residents to support the all government’s endeavors.

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