Saturday, April 12, 2008

Almost 70 complete

At the rate they are rebuilding the bridge, it could open just before the Kadayawan festival.

Let's hope for the best.

Monday, March 31, 2008

61 Percent

The DPWH has reported that the reconstruction of the bridge is now 61 percent.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

GMA at the bridge

GMA was in Davao city for various engagements and found time to drop by the reconstruction of the bridge last Feb 27.

Here are "smoking'"photos posted at flicker.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Dull thud

Blogger Ric Vil Hori of the Davao Writers' Guild fears that the bridge would be a "dull thud."

He believes building bridges is better than building walls, but opines it does not have to be "drab or tasteless."

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Faster construction

The DPWH has vowed that the construction of the new bridge would be "faster, stronger, better."

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Materials are here

The materials for the reconstruction of the bridge have finally arrived in Davao from Manila.

It took the contractor more than two months since winning the bid to bring these vital materials such as steel casings to the city, thereby delaying unduly the rebuilding of the bridge.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


PIA Feature: Broken Bridge, Broken Promises

by Dabie Babao

Davao City (31 January) -- The warmth of humid air and the discomfort bothering a passenger inside a running jeepney is never-ending. Every morning these people are being delayed for their daily work because of the broken bridge months have passed.

It was during the early part of last year's election when the five-decade old Bankerohan Bridge (aka Gov. Generoso Bridge) collapsed. It has been reported that the budget for the damaged bridge is P206 million pesos. The bridge will be expected to be fixed hopefully this August 2008.

Junichi Dan Ross Miyake, a student studying in Ateneo de Davao University, said that the traffic every morning did worst for his schedule since it gave hassle things like waking up earlier in the morning and sometimes being forced to take a taxi for him not to be late for his class. As a student, taxi is not on the budget. His allowance is good for his meals and meriendas for school, not to mention the photocopies and other fees in school.

Jeepney drivers are also not happy with the government's promises since they cannot see any improvements or even actions of starting the bridge.

Not only that, the residents from Southern area are being inconvenienced by the traffic jams along McArthur Highway in Matina and Quirino avenues in the downtown area and at Quimpo Boulevard, near Sandawa and Bolton Bridge. forcing some motorists from the south to take the Diversion Road.

The question is who are to be blamed? When the bridge collapsed the government promised that within 8 months the bridge will be fixed. Now, could anyone in the city passing by the bridge ever saw development of it? The answer is none. No changes from the day it collapsed up to now.

From the different people, they are hoping for a development which is almost a year now. The bridge is a big help in the city because of the increasing numbers of vehicles. Their voices are needed to be heard. They even call our city as the most livable city but what happened here is, a crash. (ADDU/PIA)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

No work

For the past four nights I had social engagements downtown and had to go home almost midnight to Matina.

On all four occasions, I noticed that there is no work at the Bankerohan Bridge.

So, whatever happened to the promised overtime and 24-hour work to rush the reconstruction of the destroyed bridge?

Last Wednesday, I sat in between Ateneo de Davao president Fr. Antonio Samson and George Sorio of Cyber City who hosted a lunch meeting of academicians to prepare more students for the expanding BPO industry.

In between bites of shrimps, nuts and broccolis, the Jesuit was almost "cursing" the delay of the bridge project. He repeated to me three times to call the attention of the President.

Hey, Madam President what's happening to our bridge project?!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008


JIMMY Romero (center), project inspector of Ciriaco Construction, Inc. studies the blueprint and how the construction of Generoso Bridge I along MacArthur Highway will be carried out. The construction of the bridge will start tomorrow, January 16, as stated in the contract. EDGAR ARRO/ Mindanao Times Jan 15

Thursday, January 17, 2008

DPWH makes new promise

Here is the latest assurance from the DPWH - from its head no less - that the reconstruction of the Bankerohan bridge would be "completed early."

Here is the Manila Times report.