DAVAO CITY, October 22, 2014 – Regional Development Council XI Vice Chairperson and National Economic Development Authority XI Director Maria Lourdes Lim declared that the RDC is on track in its Samal-Davao bridge project which they hope to commence in 2016.
Lim made the proclamation during the Roadshow on the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan held at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.
“We are on track. Hopefully, the DPWH will respond to the call of the RDC to conduct the feasibility study”, said Lim.
The RDC XI has already tapped the Department of Public Works and
Highways to conduct a full feasibility study on the project. The study
will be in accordance to the recommendation of the Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) that conducted a pre-feasibility study 10
years ago. According to JICA, a full study could be conducted in 2015
when the Island Garden City of Samal has become more progressive.
“We have endorsed it already to our advisory committee for our
projects in 2016 and in the last meeting of the RDC, we passed a
resolution regarding this project”, said Lim.
The total cost of the bridge is estimated to be P10 billion.
Lim also announced two other projects which the NEDA will be
prioritizing in 2015. The first is a P40 billion-undertaking to
rehabilitate and improve the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in
Davao City. The other is the modernization of the Sasa Wharf which is
estimated to cost P19 billion. The projects will be open for bidding to
the private sector next year. (Keisha Therese D. Halili/PIO)