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The Solong Bridge construction project started during the term of then Governor Salvacion “Sally” Zaldivar-Perez.  The Sanguniang Panlalawigan in their 21st Regular Session through Resolution No. 200-2003, sponsored by then Sanguniang Panlalawigan member Eric C. Otayde, initially allotted Php. 9,837,056.60 as counterpart for the first phase of the construction. In succeeding years the local government has appropriated a total of Php 90.2 million for the equity on the project. The Department of Public Works and Highways gave its counterpart amounting to Php 100 million pesos. The total cost of the project amounted to Php 190.2 million.  The Solong bridge was considered as one of the longest steel bridges in the Panay Island.

The bridge has a span of 362.20 lineal meters long connecting Brgy. Solong to the town proper of Sibalom.  The main purpose of the construction of the said bridge is to reduce the travel time of the commuters of the 24 barangays in the towns of Sibalom, Belison, San Remigio and Patnongon.  More farm-to-markets routes will be opened for the easy access of the agricultural products, students and workers of the said towns and could avail of cheaper fare with the PUV’s and the like.  The additional income of the people will improve their way of living and will provide a brighter future for their family.

The continuation of the bridge construction was put on hold for almost ten years because of politics but then, former Governor Salvacion “Sally” Zaldivar-Perez seek the help of Senator Loren Legarda, to fund the remaining portion of the bridge in order for it to be finished.  It was in the 2016 that the bridge construction was resumed and was finally completed this year. 

The Solong Bridge can be considered as one of the most controversial bridges ever constructed.  Its critics dubbed it as “unviable” and an “impossible dream” the fact that it took 14 years for it to be completed.  At last, the long wait is over for the people of Sibalom and the other towns. The bridge was inaugurated last June 8, 2017.  This was graced by our beloved Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao, Asec.  Tomasito Umali, former Gov. Salvacion “Sally” Zaldivar-Perez and other distinguished guests.