Travelers will soon be able to cross easily between Panay’s Iloilo City, Guimaras province, and Bacolod City in Negros once the inter-island Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) bridge opens to the public.
The Department of Public Works and Highways confirmed that engineering services for the bridge will take place, with financial support from the South Korean government. Funding will come from the Export-Import Bank of Korea.
The DPWH Facebook page also shared renders of the proposed bridge, which will connect the three islands of Panay (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo), Guimaras, and Negros (Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental).
First proposed in 2017, the PGN bridge is set to be the longest in Western Visayas and one of the longest bridges in the country. The Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge will span 32 kilometers and will be divided into two components: the 13-kilometer Panay-Guimaras link, and the Guimaras-Negros link that spans 19.47 kilometers.
That said, motorists will have to wait a while: the National Economic and Development Authority confirmed in a previous Senate hearing that construction will likely begin in 2025, and will be completed in 2030.