BY: MARIA TERESA B. BENAS
BANGUED, Abra (PIA) — People in the upland towns of Luba and Tubo are grateful for the provision of a motorized barge needed for crossing the Botic River in Luba.
The Maeng tribes in the municipalities of Luba and Tubo have requested Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin in one of his visits to their place for a motorized barge to ferry their vehicles in crossing the Botic River that connects the barangays of Luba and the rest of the municipality of Tubo.
For years, people have been crossing the Botic River like all the other rivers in the province with the use of a manually driven bamboo raft, or if there was a steel barge that would ferry a passenger jeep, it was rowed manually with the aid of bamboo poles. These are very risky especially during the rainy season. Many lives have been lost in the river due to drowning.
The new motorized barge was delivered to the area last month by the staff of the Provincial Engineer’s Office in charge of the maintenance of the provincial roads in Abra. It be operational when the steel barge is repaired and ready to be installed with the motor.
Engr. Paterno Bernal, head of the Provincial Engineer’s Office assured the public that he will regularly monitor the operation of the motorized barge and that the mobility in the area is sustained. He said there will be two shifts for the motor operator-on-duty to provide 24 hours service to the riding public especially in times of emergencies.(JDP/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)
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