START OF construction for the bridge linking the island province of Guimaras to Iloilo, which will be part of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge network, is targeted by the end of this year or early 2019, according to Guimaras Gov. Samuel T. Gumarin. Citing the latest update from Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar, the governor said completion period is seen within four to five years. Mr. Gumarin said the bridge would boost the island’s economy by providing continued access even during heavy rains, when boat trips are usually suspended. “Ever since, it is a dream of Guimaras province because we are suffering whenever there is a storm signal. So we pray that it will be pushed through,” he said. The link will be via the towns of Leganes in Iloilo and Buenavista in Guimaras. The P27.156-million bridge, a part of the Build, Build, Build program, will be funded through a Chinese government grant, according to Mr. Gumarin. — Louine Hope U. Conserva