Long before, people of Nabenngan, Napoyowan, Fagwang, and Ogging in Sadanga, Mountain Province faced many difficulties before reaching their destinations, carrying their loads of farm products, especially during harvest seasons. Because of the dilapidated, slippery, and risky pathways, and steep slopes during landslides, deep gorges, and old narrow outlived bridge, the journeys tested the endurance of the natives.
Thus, after more than a year after its groundbreaking, the symbolic Nabenngan Footbridge was formally inaugurated and turned over to the people of Sadanga on April 29, 2022, marking the start of their much easier access to the fields and transport of farm products.
The Nabenngan Footbridge is a 320-meter-long suspension footbridge. Its main purpose: To ensure safe and better community farm access networks. A footbridge that will provide great benefit to the farmers of Nabenngan, Napoyowan, Fagwang, and Ogging will be used as entry and exit points of to commuters from several barangays. It will also be used as an alternate path for the community and visitors when main roads are impassable during rainy seasons.
According to Punong Barangay Eliang Anongos, the number of hiking hours without the bridge from farmland to road takes almost hours, depending from where one is coming from.
The Nabenngan Footbridge is a realization of Police Regional Office Cordillera’s “Sadanga Footbridge Challenge”, a gesture of gratitude of PROCOR under the then leadership of Police Brigadier General Rwin Pagkalinawan to the efforts of the people of Sadanga in fighting insurgency. This was initiated by the late Mayor Gabino P. Ganggangan.
The footbridge challenge raised a total of Php6.8M, of which Php4.1M was accumulated from personal contributions of the men and women of PROCOR; Php1M from the Secretary of National Defense, Php800k from the National Security Adviser; and Php180k in-kind from the municipal local government unit.
The historic event was attended by Police Brigadier General Ronald O Lee, Regional Director, PROCOR; Director Albert A Mogol of the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Administrative Region; Police Colonel Ruben Andiso, Provincial Director, Mountain Province Police Provincial Office; and the Municipal Mayor of Sadanga, Hon. Albert T. Ayao-ao.