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Korean consultants tapped for Panguil Bay bridge work

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By Betheena Kae Unite

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has picked three Korean firms to provide consultancy work for the construction of the Panguil Bay Bridge that links Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte.

The DPWH confirmed the collaboration after a memorandum of agreement was signed between the agency and Yooshin Engineering Corporation, Pyunhwa Engineering Consultants Ltd., and Kyong-Ho Engineering & Architect Co. Ltd.

The three Korean firms won the bidding under the Philippine government procurement program to provide consultancy services for the Panguil Bay Bridge project.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain disclosed that under the agreement, Korean consultants shall assist the department in conceptual design, preparation of bidding documents, design review, construction supervision, and post-construction supervision starting June 2017.

Panguil Bay Bridge Project is a 3.48-km, two-lane bridge that will connect the city of Tangub in Misamis Occidental to the municipality of Tubod in Lanao del Norte.

Once completed, the bridge will accelerate and sustain economic growth in this part of Mindanao because it will provide seamless transport of goods and services.

The P4.9-billion mega infrastructure project is funded under a loan agreement with the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEDCF).

Sadain led the contract signing together with Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, Project Manager Teresita V. Bauzon, Director Nimfa E. Potante and Chief Accountant Mary Antoinette Z. Puno.

The Korean firms were represented by Vice Chairman Hyun Tae Kang and President Kuan Jung Joo of Yooshin Engineering Corporation, Vice President Soo Young Park of Pyunhwa Engineering Consultants Ltd., and Vice President Ryu Jae Hun of Kyong-Ho Engineering & Architectects Co. Ltd.

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