LOCAL police and public officials in Solana, Cagayan yesterday led the 1st clean-up drive in Buntun Bridge, considered as the longest river bridge in the Philippines in an effort to restore its cleanliness, Cagayan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Ariel N. Quilang said.
Quilang reported to Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves that the cleanup drive is history in themaking since Buntun Bridge is considered as the longest river bridge in the entire country.
The river bridge stretches from Tuguegarao City to the municipalities of Solana and Enrile and other parts of Cagayan and Isabela provinces and spans the Cagayan River, the largest river basin in the country.
It is the second longest bridge in the country, coming next to San Juanico Bridge which connects Leyte and Samar, and forms part of the Santiago-Tuguegarao Road which is a major junction of the Pan-Philippine Highway.
Wikipedia says it is a popular belief that the Buntun Bridge is long enough for a person to sing the entire Lupang Hinirang or the Philippine national anthem while traversing it. The Buntun River traverses the big Cagayan River which is a main source of water irrigation for farmers in the region apart from being an access to transportation.
Quilang said that nearly 200 members of the Solana Municipal Police Station led by Captain Jun-Jhun Balisi, Solana Sangguniang Bayan members led by Domingo Lagundi Jr. and officials of different cluster barangays of Lingu, Nangalisan and Maddarulug participated in the clean-up drive.
“This is part of the Solana police’s effort to help restore the beauty of the Buntun Bridge which remains a main tourist spot in Cagayan province,’ said the Cagayan police director.