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Sitio Manlaras, Maluko lauds LGU Hanging Bridge project

Original News by Myra Madronero from Barug Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 1

“Pagpamatuod lang ni nga wala kita’y gipili nga lugar malisud man or magamay raman ang tawo diha, importante nga aduna gyu’y insakto nga panginahanglanon. Sa paglambo sa lungsod sa Manolo Fortich kinahanglan nga kini mabati sa mga hilit nga dapit. Again, God bless Manolo Fortich and God bless ang atong panaghiusa ug atong mga proyekto para sa atong mga katawhan nga mas nanginahanglan.” (“This shows that we do not choose whom we help, even the most remote places with few people in, what is important is to address the necessity. The progress of Manolo Fortich needs to be felt in every corner of the town. Again God bless our unity and the intentions of our projects for the people who need it the most.”)  These were the exact words spoken by Mayor Clive D. Quiño during the formal turn-over of the hanging bridge in Sitio Manlaras, Barangay Maluko on June 25, 2022.

Municipal Engineer Bernabe Auxtero said that the project started last June 6, 2021 and had been finished on May 17, 2022. It is 120 meters long and is estimated to cost about 2 million pesos. The project’s fund came from the 20% Local Development Fund (LDF) and another 130,000 peso fund was supplemented after the Typhoon Odette, which was the main reason why it was mounted higher than its previous location.

The Barangay Captain of Maluko, Hon. Ramir M. Linohon is thankful because he saw the equal attention that Mayor Clive Quiño is giving to all the barangays of Manolo Fortich. Hon. Linohon stated that aside from the hanging bridge, there are other projects that the barangay acquired such as school buildings, on-going construction of the public market, lying-in center and the arrangement on the water connection.

The said project is considered as a “Life Changing Project” by the citizens of Sitio Manlaras. It is estimated that there are 25 families who could benefit from the construction of the hanging bridge.

According to a resident, Mrs. Editha H. Saguinloy, she is delighted about the creation of the hanging bridge. She has lived in the sitio for fifty years. She stated how hard it was before, most especially in times of emergency or whenever there is a need to admit someone in the hospital. It was not easy to cross the rivers through the use of gakit (make-shift boat) made of bamboo. It was much harder to transport their farm produce such as corn and cassava because of the possibility of it getting damp by the water in the river. “Our products, we will not use the gakit because we will now use our hanging bridge instead. Big thanks to Mayor Quiño”, a heartfelt thanks uttered by Editha.

Meanwhile, Marites Buclasan, cannot hide her gratitude because of the great help of the bridge to the education of her children. According to her, it was too risky for the children to cross the river when it is heavily raining. “Even if it rains, it is now very okay, Ma’am. When they walk to school, I make sure to let them bring an umbrella. Thank you very much because the bridge is already done, there is no need for me to worry about the river when it rains”, Marites said.

The hanging bridge in Sitio Manlaras is the second hanging bridge built under the administration of Mayor Clive Quiño, the other one is located at Zone 2, Barangay Minsuro. The six-year administration of Mayor Clive Quiño in the municipality proves so much of how he stood up to his advocacies to leave no sitio behind in achieving economic progress.

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Date Posted: September 22, 2022

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