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NoCot guv orders swift rehab of flood-damaged bridge

August 09, 2020 - Sunday 5:08 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image INSPECTION. North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco (back to camera) personally went down on the foundation of Bulatukan Bridge in Makilala town on Saturday (Aug. 8) together with Engr. Jun Dayongan, acting provincial engineering office chief, to discuss matters on speeding up its rehabilitation after being damaged by floodwaters due to recent heavy rains that prevailed over the province. The bridge connects the province to Davao City. (Photo courtesy of North Cotabato PIO)

MAKILALA, North Cotabato – North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has ordered the provincial engineering office to hasten the rehabilitation of the Bulatukan Bridge here that was damaged by recent floods that hit the province.

On Saturday, the governor and officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways-North Cotabato visited the bridge here in Barangay New Bulatukan to personally look into ongoing rehabilitation works.

The bridge is an essential passage for commuters and product deliveries traversing the Cotabato-Davao route.

Catamco has ordered the fielding of additional heavy equipment from the provincial engineering office to augment efforts of the DPWH team working on the bridge.

“We have initially removed the bulk of rocks, fallen trees, and mud clogging the waterways somehow normalize the flow of water,” Engr. Jun Dayongan, acting chief of DPWH-North Cotabato, said.

Damage to the bridge was placed at PHP5 million. John Andrew Tabugoc