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Did you dream of a “Panama Canal” or a “Suez Canal” in the Philippines? Hold your breath as the government is now seriously studying the proposed 15-kilometer Panguil-Pagadian Waterway Project. The proposed waterway intends to construct a water channel for efficient water transport which will connect Panguil Bay in the north and Pagadian Bay in the south.

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) recently posted bid documents for the Consultancy Services for the Conduct of Feasibility Study for the Proposed Panguil-Pagadian Waterway Project which includes Survey/Researches and Projection, Proposed Development, Economic Valuation, Financial Evaluation, Draft Final Report and Final Report and Initial Environmental Examination.

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Currently, water transport from Northern Mindanao need to circumnavigate around the Zamboanga Peninsula to reach southern ports such as Pagadian Port and Polloc Port. The Panguil-Pagadian Waterway would definitely reduce travel time and allows more efficient transport of goods.

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As indicated in the cover page of the Bid Documents, the project also includes dredging of some 3 kilometers at Panguil Bay. This means that ships or water transports can pass under the proposed Panguil Bay Bridge. Here’s a screenshot of the said cover page.

The contract states the study will have to be completed in seven (7) months. Download the Bid Documents HERE.


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