A 40-year-old dream bridge

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Monday, June 9, 2014

FOR 40 years, residents of the coastal barangay of Pasil in E.B. Magalona had to use a bamboo bridge to cross a river to get to the other side and from there, ride a tricycle to the town proper.

The bamboo bridge was built by a private citizen who charges each resident P1 every time they use the bridge.

The residents had to walk through the bamboo bridge, oftentimes carrying their heavy wares.


Now, that bamboo bridge is a thing of the past.

In its place now proudly stands a P10-million pre-cast bridge where people can confidently cross whether it’s raining or it’s high tide.

They can cross the bridge using a bicycle, a motorcycle, or a tricycle.

And the good news is, they don’t have to pay every time they use the bridge.

Thanks to 3rd District Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, Sen. Ralph Recto and the Yanson family.

Benitez donated P8.5 million from his personal funds, Recto gave P1.5 million, while the Yanson family donated the road right-of-way.

Last June 5, the P10-million bridge was inaugurated by Benitez and town and barangay officials. Also attending the inauguration were Board Member Patrick Lacson and Abang Lingkod Party-list Representative Stephen Paduano, who is also from E. B. Magalona.

Fr. Casimero Batalla, who blessed the bridge, said “this great thing came out of agony.” People experience difficulty in crossing the bamboo bridge every day, but thank God, the dream of the people came true because of the help of benevolent persons.

Benitez said the bridge will serve the people well. They will be safe here because the bridge was built well. This bridge will also bring in economic growth in the area. Potable water supply will also be available to the people soon because everyone will have an easy access from now on.

"This bridge was built due to the good hearts of the Yanson family who donated the road right-of-way. The people here are lucky because this was realized even if there is a scarcity of government funds. But since the people badly need this bridge, I provided the needed funds," he said.

After four long decades, the dream of Barangay Pasil residents to have a concrete bridge finally became a reality. As they cross it every day, they will always be in gratitude to Benitez, Recto and the Yanson family for this wonderful gift.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 09, 2014.


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