By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
The 127-meter hanging foot bridge in Barangay Agsirab in Lambunao, Iloilo which is the longest in the province will directly benefit the 2, 000 residents of the said barangay.
According to Lambunao Mayor Reynor Gonzales, the P4.98 million hanging foot bridge was funded by the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community Demand Driven Program (KALAHI CIDSS NCDD) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“The project which was funded by the Kalahi Program of DSWD started last year We in the local government unit (LGU) helped in funding ang mga whatever nga kakulangan sang budget,” he said.
Gonzales said that the hanging foot bridge will serve as the connector of the barangay to the main road.
“Without the hanging bridge sa suba ka gid maagi. It connects the barangay with the main roads,” he said.
He added that it will specifically cater to the 2, 000 residents of Brgy. Agsirab especially during emergencies.
Moreover, Gonzales said the bridge will also help the residents transport their goods to the market.
“The bridge will help the residents nga ang ila nga produkto madala nila sa merkado. If wala bridge, mataas na ang production cost, mataas pa ang transportation cost then the residents cannot find good price in the market,” he said.
Brgy. Agsirab produces varied farm products particularly root crops, according to Gonzales.
The longest hanging foot bridge was inaugurated on Wednesday last week. (Photos courtesy of Lambunao Information Center)