Red Cross La Union Chapter constructs bridge for Barangay Aguioas
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) La Union Chapter constructed a hanging bridge which connects barangay Aguioas in the municipality of Naguilian to the town where market, church and other establishments were located.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon and PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang will personally visit the community of barangay Aguioas on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
The visit to the community also coincided with the inauguration of the new chapter building of PRC La Union Chapter. The renovation of its building was made possible through the support of Secretary General Pang and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Head of Delegation Selvaratnam Sinnadurai.
The Barangay Council initiated the construction of a new hanging bridge and was able to put up one pier and tower. On the other hand, the Municipal Government of Naguilian also provided funding for the construction of the second pier and tower.
Through the Community Based Disaster Risk Management Project funded by the Australian Red Cross the Phase 3 of the reconstruction of the hanging bridge was realized where in its construction works was completed in October 2011.
During the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009, the old hanging bridge which was being used by 238 families in barangay Aguioas to access the town proper was destroyed.
Residents of barangay Aguioas cross the river through an improvised bamboo bridge or with the use of a small bamboo raft. Some of them even dare to risk their lives and swim across the river to bring their children to school or go to work.
With the new bridge, residents from barangay Aguioas will no longer face danger in crossing the river and reaching the town proper.