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Lacson: negrenses not consulted on Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge project

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Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) should listen and consider the position of the officials of the province’s fourth district concerning the proposed bridge linking the islands of Panay, Guimaras, and Negros.

The Provincial Development Council (PDC) in December last year already came up with a resolution to consider other areas for the Guimaras-Negros segment of the bridge but the agency officials did not call on the provincial government to hear their side, said Lacson.

Since the area is within the jurisdiction of the fourth district, he pointed out that their concern should be taken into consideration. (https://bit.ly/2V22faa)

Lacson said after the December PDC resolution, NEDA should have called on us and discussed the matter with us.

They will touch base with NEDA to discuss the possibility of altering the design of the bridge, according to him.

The PDC has deferred the request of the Department of Public Works and Highways to endorse the feasibility study for the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge to the Regional Development Council.

Lacson said they decided not to endorse the request until all of the concerns forwarded by the council members were answered.

Based on a project profile, the first segment of the bridge will connect Leganes, Iloilo to Buenavista, Guimaras; while the second segment is expected to link San Lorenzo, Guimaras to Pulupandan, Negros Occidental.