The Construction of Hanging Bridge at Sitio Panigan is one of the many Infrastructure Projects implemented by Davao City 2nd District Engineering Office under the CY 2015 Local Infrastructure Program (GAA). Contracted by Five Massive Infra & Supply Corp., the PhP4.8M project started in August 2015 and was completed in December 2015. This hanging bridge has a total length of 110 linear meters.
The newly completed bridge benefited the residents of Sitio Panigan, Sitio Sumpitan and other neighbouring Sitios of Barangay Tawan-Tawan. Farming isthe primary source of income of the people.
Prior to its construction, farmers used to cross the river by foot in going to and from their respective lands to transport their produce to the Sitio Proper. Crossing the river has always been a haggle and life-threatening for them. “Kung kaulanon na, magdali-dali na mi ug baba sa bukid, magdinaganay na mi ug tabok sa sapa kay kung mukusog na ang tubig sa sapa, dili na makaya ug tabok tungod sa kusog nga agos sa tubig sa Panigan River”, said Dario Bulasito, one of the residents.
Not even a bamboo raft could do the job because of the strong current. Because of this, the farmers had to always observe the hostile weather, thus, the presence of this hanging bridge indeed poses great economic impact to the lives of the residents and the farmers.
Asked about his thoughts on the said project, DCIIDEO District Engineer Gene P. Lozano said that
“This project truly shows the commitment of DPWH in delivering quality infrastructure projects that are responsive to the needs of the people.”