The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) could be seeing another major project in its hands should the government of the People’s Republic of China offer a lump sum as a grant.
The proposed project, dubbed the Panglao-Tagbilaran City Offshore Bridge Connector (PTCOBC) Project, if made feasible via the grant, will see the addition of a new iconic bridge that will connect Tagbilaran City, Bohol to Panglao Island.
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DPWH’s next big undertaking already has the blessing of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board this year, and the agency has since complied with the requirements of the Department of Finance (DOF) to secure the grant financing.
In early 2020, the DOF confirmed the P6.955 billion project to fall under China’s grant via the Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy when the Philippines-China High Level Meeting took place.
Per prospect, Undersecretary and Chief Implementer of the Build Build Build Program Emil K. Sadain tells of a four-lane 2.7-kilometer PTCOBC Project that will junction Bohol to the municipalities of Dauis and Panglao, which will follow an exemplary cable-eyed design.
The new bridge could be another tourist attraction, just like the newly-opened CCLEX that connects Cebu and Corodova.