School children deserve a bridge


To get to school,  children of barangay Bonbon and Buot Taup in the uplands of Cebu City get their feet wet.

They roll up their pants when the river rises or slosh through ankle deep water when the weather is good.

Crossing the river on foot or taking a raft for P10 per person are the only options for mountain residents. It’s a dangerous trek when the rainy season can turn the waterway into an eight-foot-deep flashflood.

Sometimes classes are suspended, just to avoid an accidental drowning.

Two years after their plight was reported in Cebu Daily News’ front page (Aug. 16, 2010 issue “Bonbon bridge still a dream”), the Cebu city government under Mayor Michael Rama  on Friday broke ground to start construction of a P12 million bridge.

The bridge is scheduled for completion in May 2013, the same month local elections  will test Rama’s reelection bid against a political comeback of former mayor and incumbent Rep. Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City’s south district who wants to recapture City Hall.

Another P7 million bridge project for Buot Taup will be bidded out by City Hall next month.

What took so long to address this safety issue?

CDN earlier reported how Osmeña, who was then city mayor, had an earlier national budget for the Bonbon bridge under the 2010 General Appropriations Act “realigned” or transferred to build another bridge in barangay Tabunan in the north district.

The change of beneficiary had to do with political loyalties. The barangay captains were not his allies. Neither was the south district congressman Antonio Cuenco.

Politics aside, a bridge has been urgently needed in this mountain crossing for decades in Bonbon (population 5,000) and Buot Taup (2,000) as a gateway to a series of bridges to connect the mountain barangays of Cebu City.

A bridge will keep the school children safe.

Should the solution have to wait longer?

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  • dodong1

    The bridge is scheduled for completion in May 2013, the same month local elections  will test Rama’s reelection bid TIMING IS EVERYTHING!! ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES THEY ALWAYS WAIT FOR ELECTION TO SHOW ACCOMPLISHMENT PARA IBOTO ANG MGA POLITIKO..

  • wakeupbayan

    All the impossible shall soon be happening on this corrupt infested country of ours.  NOT SURPRISING AT ALL. TUMANDA NA AKO NG GANITO NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Why ? a very simple equation to answer,,,,,,,,CORRUPTION ARE RAMPANTS AND WORSE THAN A THUNDERING FLASH FLOODS.  It is deeply embedded,  I really mean embedded like bone cancer in 90% 0f Filipino politicians inside their bone marrows.  Without it,  they are defenceless and unable to walk straight with head high. It is the reality.  No need for critics and arguments.  They are the living facts. You argue and criticise you are simply one of them. 

  • wakeupbayan

    Is this one among the ambitious “15 BILLIONS PESOS MULTI :BRIDGES POJECT OF OUSTED GMA ? I guess it is ! Everything on that project are scandalous and the real grandmother of all SCAMS.(QOUTE OF ONE SENATOR),   A REAL AND ABSOLUTELY GENUINE PLUNDEROUS ACTS ! That tv program I recently watched , about these anomalous bridges scams really made me sick to be a Pilipino under the administration of such heinous criminals. What a wasted monstrous project, now vandalised and eaten by rust. Millions of starving mouth could have been fed by that scandalous amount of funds stolen from poor taxpayers of the country. Its honestly scary to think how could all these people involved on these well planned plunders deliberately failed,,,,,, are still able to sleep at night with their whole family, doing their daily chores,  enjoying luxurious life using the stolen plundered money of the taxpayers. GOD BLESS US !!!  Please bless the good ones ! Eliminate the bad ones.

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