Gov’t breaks ground for San Juanico Bridge lighting project

Gov’t breaks ground for San Juanico Bridge lighting project

San Juanico bridge will be the talk of the town again.

Once known as Marcos bridge, the San Juanico was built in 1969 over the San Juanico Strait, the narrowest navigational strait in the world that separates Islands of Samar and Leyte in Region 8, and was completed in December 1972. 

The bridge, which has the length of 2.162-km., was built as part of the Pan-Philippine Highway now called the Maharlika Highway, a network of roads, bridges, and sea routes that connect the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. 

San Juanico Bridge (photo credit to owner)

Being a natural tourist spot in the region, the Department of Tourism is levelling up in terms of its beautification of the bridge, it’s a first of it s kind in the country- the P80 million San Juanico Bridge Aesthetic Lighting Project.

Spearheaded and f unded by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA,the project is up for completion after six months.

Samar 2nd District Rep. Sharee Ann Tan, the project proponent during her term as governor last year, said it “will transform the image of Samar from being poverty- and conflict-stricken into a tourism haven.”

"Samar will be surely noticed through this lighting project. We have to make people aware that we are not part of Leyte or Tacloban City. We want to be identified as Samar, the mother of three Samar provinces. We don't want to compete, but we only want to complement other provinces in the region. We want the San Juanico Bridge to not only be the bridge of love, but also the bridge of prosperity," Tan told.
TIEZA awarded the contract to Amigo Entertainment Technologies, Inc., one of the country’s leaders in providing audio and visual technologies for commercial and industrial applications.

Amando Zamora, Amigo chief executive officer, said the project will use light-emitting diodes, transforming the bridge into a “shining diamond” from afar.
"The lighting will be in the default position for 45 minutes per hour in white and strobe lights. There will be a 10-minute lighting show for six times nightly. Its color may also depend on the occasion, such as red for Valentine's, red and green for Christmas, and violet for Lent," Zamora said.

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Report from PNA

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