Kalibo, Aklan. Top officials of the Province of Aklan and the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region VI presided over the groundbreaking ceremonies and the dropping of the time capsule for soon to be constructed new Kalibo-Numancia Bridge.

Aklan Rep. Teodorico T. Haresco, Jr, Gov. Florencio T. Miraflores, Vice Governor Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo and DPWH Region VI Director Edilberto D. Tayao took turns in dropping the time capsule for the said project, at its Kalibo supposed approach.

The P370 million- 450 meter linear meter bridge will run parallel north of the old existing Kalibo- Numancia bridge.

Tayao assured Aklanons that the project will be completed by the end of next year. The concrete bridge will be a two- lane thoroughfare with 15 spans measuring 30 meters each with a width of 7. 32 meters and balluster type concrete railings.

Tayao said the new bridge will be provided with a sidewalk, with a concrete decked surfacing and with Type Press tressed Concrete and girder including street lightings.

Miraflores recalled that the old bridge have been constructed eight decades back and emphasized that the new bridge construction is the fruit of the concerted and unfired efforts of the unified leadership in Aklan.

Out of the project cost of P370 million, the old bridge shall be retained, strengthened and reinforced.

Quimpo sounds poetic in describing the old bridge as the “mother” who touched the lives of the people of Aklan for generations and contributed greatly to the shaping of the economy and social order of the new Aklan.

The vice governor expressed her personal appreciation for retaining the old bridge citing its historical value to Aklanons and its economic value particularly to the booming tourism industry of Aklan.

The Kalibo- NUmancia bridge links the towns located east and west of the province. At the east are located the capital town of Kalibo, the center of trade , commerce, education and industry; the town of New Washington, the seafood and seaport capital of Aklan as well as the province rice granary; the town of Banga, the citrus capital of the province and the location of the sprawling main campus of the Aklan State University; the town of Balete, considered as the enchanting; the town of Altavas, gateway to the rest of the province of Panay Island; the town of Batan, another seafood capital; and, the town of Libacao, the abaca capital of Aklan.

At the west are the famous town of Malay where Boracay is; towns of Buruanga, Nabas, Ibajay, Tangalan, Makato, Numancia, Lezo, Madalag and Malinao.

By Odon S. Bandiola