TACLOBAN CITY-The light shows at the iconic San Juanico Bridge, which connects the islands of Samar and Leyte, was temporarily stopped Thursday night due to an ‘electrical breakdown.’
However, the problem was immediately fixed immediately, said Michael Cristobal of the provincial tourism office.
“The problem was right away fixed by our in-house team,” he said.
Cristobal said that the problem after its connection tripped.
He, however, could not say what specific time the incident happened and when the power was restored back.
The provincial information office posted an advisory on Thursday night on the shutting off of the aesthetic lighting at the San Juanico Bridge due to what it said electrical breakdown.
To avoid further damage, it was decided to turn off the light show until the problem was repaired, it said.
The aesthetic lighting and sounds at the San Juanico Bridge was inaugurated on October 19 by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
The bridge, having a length of 2.16 kms, was built during the time of the Marcos Sr. administration as a ‘gift’ to his wife, former first lady Imelda, who is from Leyte.
The aesthetic project at the San Juanico Bridge is one of the tourism-related projects undertaken by Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan under her ‘Spark Samar’ program which aims to draw tourists to the bridge even during nighttime.
The project was funded by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority(Tieza) of the Department of Tourism in the amount of P80 million.
Meantime, the provincial government of Samar is responsible for the maintenance of the project to include paying the electric cost.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)