Longest constructing bridge project in Or. Mindoro to be finished this year

POSTED: Monday, June 9th, 2014

CALAPAN CITY — After more than 12 years under construction, the controversial Abaton-Maidlang Bridge Project in this city is expected to be finally completed and inaugurated this year.

This was assured by officials of Department of Public Works and Highways – Mindoro Oriental District Engineering Office (DPWH-MODEO), led by District Engineer Nestor Del Rosario, after the ocular inspection conducted here with Oriental Mindoro Vice-Governor Humerlito A. Dolor.

According to Vice-Governor Dolor, under the direct supervision of the office of Engr. Del Rosario, which took over the bridge project from the erstwhile private contractors on a “by administration” scheme, it is now expected that the said public works will be finally finished within three to four months of this year.

So far, the most controversial public works project in Mindoro Island because of its prolonged construction, the said the 240-lineal meter Abaton-Maidlang project is funded jointly by the Philippines and Austrian governments at the total cost of P117,429,665 took around 12 years in the making and three provincial administrations, the latest of which is the present provincial government under Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr.

The project, which will permanently connect the eastern portions of Calapan City and the town of Naujan, started sometime in year 2002 during the term of late Governor Bart L. Marasigan, Sr. and it was passed on to different contractors until DPWH decided to take over itself the project to finally complete it. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)

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