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DAMPOL BRIDGE

THE OLDEST BRIDGE OF NORTHERN LUZON

Introduction
Dampol bridge,located at Dupax del sur Nueva Vizcaya, is one of the most preserve
Spanish-era bridge in the Philippines.It is said to be the oldest bridge in Northern Luzon.
It is over 100 hundred years old and a classic example of Spanish engineering.

It is located at the Aritao-quirino road,few meters away from the church of St. Vincent.its
narrow size actually represents more than just a road, it represents one of the major
historical treasures that Nueva Vizcaya has been protecting.

Through the test of time however, it was found to be unsafe and got recommendations
for its immediate repair by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
They found a crack underneath the bridge that made the DPWH think that it is now
unsafe to pass by.

Dampol Bridge
Under Repair

The DPWH poured in P2M allocation for its repair, restrengthening and widening
through its contractor GM Pajarillaga Construction.
Repair works however came into a halt early after several sectors, using the social
media cried foul over its repair, further expressing their perception on the move to be
more destructive rather than constructive.
The Isinai Advocates for one has called on the suspension of the Dampol Arc Bridge
repair by the DPWH and asked the national government to declare it as a national
cultural heritage
The villagers favored the temporary suspension of the Dampol Arc Bridge repair
pending the recommendation of its proper restoration and preservation from experts of
the National Commission on Culture and the Arts(NCCA) and the National Historical
Institute(NHI) and DPWH.
Today, only light vehicles (load limit: 5 tons) such as cars are allowed to cross the bridge,
one at a time. A suggestion to re-route traffic away from Dampol Bridge is now being
considered.

HISTORY
The first bridge that was built over the Abanatan creek of Dupax Del sur was
constructed through the order of Capitan Dionecio Telmo in 1788.That bridge collapsed
in 1812 and by the year Dampol bridge was built designed and supervised by Spanish
Fray Francisco Rocamora.It is an important historical and cultural landmark in Dupax
del Sur town.

ABANATAN CREEK

It has served as a link between farmers in both towns to trade in their agricultural
products. A few meters from the bridge also stands the St. Vincent Ferrer Church, built
in the 18th Century and now declared as a National Cultural Treasure. The bridge
suffered minor damage during the earthquake of 1880 and 1881.

Material used
It is a single arched brick bridge, Its red-colored bricks were made from an old adobe
workshop or mud-brick built by the hands of old Isinai tribe members that spans the
Abanatan creek, dividing Dupax del Sur and Dupax del Norte towns.

A mudbrick is a brick, made of a mixture of loam, mud, sand and water mixed with a
binding material such as rice husks or straw.
In warm regions with very little timber available to fuel a kiln, bricks were generally sun
dried. In some cases brickmakers extended the life of mud bricks by putting fired bricks
on top or covering them with stucco.