P104.8 million Bakun Bridge breaks ground

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BAKUN, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap led provincial, municipal and barangay officials in the ground breaking of the proposed P104.8 million Gambang Bridge that will ensure the smooth flow of vehicular traffic going to and out of the municipality.

The construction of the aforesaid bridge located at Sitio Gakian was proposed as a permanent solution in abating the frequent closure of the Sinipsip-Poblacion portion of the Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun-Buguias Road because of the frequent landslides that occur during heavy rains which impede the smooth flow of traffic and the movement of people.

Yap stated the completion of the bridge project will be key in ensuring the uninterrupted flow of going to and from the municipality, especially for farmers that need to transport their agricultural produce from their farms to the vegetable trading post in the capital town of La Trinidad.

Yap was joined by Gov. Melchor Diclas and Bakun municipal officials led by Mayor Bill Raymundo during the simple ground breaking rites held at the project site.

The lawmaker pointed out that the continuous unity and cooperation not only of the officials but also of the people in supporting the current programs, projects and activities of the present administration has inspired him to work extra hard in sourcing out the needed funds to bankroll the implementation of the provincial government’s priority development projects.

He emphasized that what is important to him at this juncture of the pandemic is for everyone to support the implementation of the programmed development projects for the benefit of the recipients, especially the people living in far flung villages.

According to him, the completion of major infrastructure projects in the province will surely translate to overall growth and development in the rural areas that will be pivotal in encouraging prospective businesses to establish their operations in the said areas and generate jobs and spur economic activities.

The Gakian section of the Sinipsip-Poblacion Road is a critical section because it is frequently closed due huge landslides during the rainy season thereby interrupting the smooth flow of vehicular traffic going to and from the municipality.

Yap urged local officials to continue bringing to his attention their priority development issues and concerns that need appropriate action from Congress and concerned government agencies so that he will take the lead in following the same with the concerned authorities for the welfare of the greater majority of the populace.

He asserted he wants people of Benguet to benefit from the programs and projects of the different government agencies so that people in the remote villages will be able to feel the presence of the services of the government that must be cascaded to the grassroots level.