Chan wants railings installed in old Mactan-Mandaue bridge to deter suicides
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan will propose again to the Bridge Management Board to install railings at the First Mactan-Mandaue Bridge to deter suicide attempts on the structure.
Chan revealed that the city has recorded two suicide attempts on the said bridge just for this month.
He said the railings will prevent people from jumping off the bridge.
“Actually dugay nana nato nga suggestion with the Bridge Board,” Chan said, adding that he is hopeful the board will consider his proposal.
The Bridge Management Board, Chan said, was chaired by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, while Chan, being the mayor of Lapu-Lapu City, sits as a member.
Nagiel Bañacia, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said that the person who climbed the steel bars of the bridge and attempted to jump off from it was already turned over to the Social Welfare and Development Office in Liloan town where he resides.
He said that the 32-year-old man was having a serious family problem that prompted him to try to commit suicide.
On April 9, 2021, a woman was also saved by a V-Hire driver after she attempted to jump off the bridge.
“That needs to be investigated further by Liloan CSWD, kay dunay claim sa asawa nga katulo siya nakuhaan because of physical abuse. And then ang bana sad niingon nga katong si Richard, attempted to commit suicide kay ang iyang asawa ni-extend ug contract sa Saudi without his knowledge,” Bañacia.
Bañacia also advised those who are experiencing depression to seek assistance from their loved ones or have themselves checked by experts. /rcg
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