Thursday, March 19, 2015

Multi-Billion Projects to Look Forward to in Davao City

Due to good governance and well-disciplined constituents, Davao City has been very progressive economically and even able to surpass growth record of major cities outside Mindanao.

In recent national audit report reveals, Davao city is the only the richest city outside Metro Manila and sole entry in the Top Ten from Mindanao with approximately 4.6 billions of income and counting.

As a result of its apparent growth, the government is heartily committed to give back real service to the people by putting up world-class multi-billion projects such as bridge, roads, industrial parks, and sports facilities through partnership with the private sectors.

Below is the list of projects that should look forward to in Davao City:

Davao light rail transit or LRT

Davao City will need a transportation system that is efficient, environment-friendly and one that can accommodate the increasing number of passengers. Two LRT routes were presented by KEC, specifically from the Davao Gulf ad Country Club to the Francisco Bangoy International Airport. Both routes will pass through different proposed stations, with the first one having a length of 13 kilometers while the second being 17 kilometers.

Image of modern Korean Monorail LRT via

A monorail-type LRT has been proposed by KEC Manager Dae Kwon Jung that will accommodate around 5,000 to 20,000 passengers every hour while running at a speed of 70 kph.

The entire project is estimated to run into billions of pesos and will be under the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. Based on a proposal presented to Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, KEC officials said they would seek a $1-million grant from the International Contractors Association of Korea for the feasibility study.

44 Kilometer Bypass Road

The City Government of Davao has proposed to the National Government the construction of the 44-kilometer (km) Davao City Bypass Road.

The proposed project will cost P162 million, of which P132 million will be funded by the National Government while the remaining P30 million will be the counterpart of the City Government.

"We would want the construction of the Davao City Bypass road be of prime importance and be funded by the National Government through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)," said Engr. Jose Froilan T. Rigor, City Planning and Development Office Plans and Programs Division chief, during the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan, 2014-2016 Roadshow at the Grand Men Seng Hotel on October 22.

A 44-kilometer (km) Davao City Bypass Road. bypass road will start near the port of Panabo City passing through Lasang, San Isidro, Mahayag, Mudiang, Waan, Tacunan, Mintal, Bangkas Heights, Marapangi, and exit to Toril.

The tunnel will be constructed in the Magtuod ridge, which is between Waan and Tacunan.
Aside from the Davao City Bypass Road, the city government has also proposed two other roads that will complement the bypass road. They are the P130 million rehabilitation and improvement of the Buhangin-Cabantian-Bunawan Road and the P130 million rehabilitation and improvement of the Buhangin-Tigatto-Callawa road.[Sunstar]

The Davao- Samal Connecting Bridge

The 1.2 kilometer bridge connecting Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) and Davao City is now under feasibility studies and said to be constructed on 2016 as per Sunstar report.

The Samal-Davao bridge will likely cost around 10 billion.

Davao del Norte Provincial Tourism Council President, Araceli Ayuste,  accentuates the construction of the bridge will boost investments in the island especially tourism-related establishments since it is more accessible for tourist to travel to the island.

The bridge could be look like the one connects Panglao Island and Tagbilaran City in Visayas.
It has been viewed that the construction will provide solutions to the wharf congestion experienced in Sasa wharf specifically during holidays and summer.

Davao International Airport and the Davao Sasa Port Development

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board had already approved the development of the Davao International Airport and the Davao Sasa Port, with a combined estimated cost of P59.56 billion.

The Davao Airport operations, maintenance, and development project will have an estimated cost P40.57 billion, which will be in three phases.

The proponent of the project is the Department of Transportation and Communications which will be implemented through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) within a period of 30-35 years.

"This project involves the operations and maintenance of the Davao International Airport. It also provides additional facilities and other necessary improvements to enhance safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency at the airport excluding air navigation control, air navigation services, and their associated services," NEDA agency said.

Meanwhile, the Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project, proposed by the Philippine Ports Authority, has an estimated cost of P18.99 billion, which will also be implemented through PPP, with concession period of 30 to 35 years, inclusive of construction.

The said project is aimed at redeveloping and modernizing facilities, operations and maintenance of the Davao Sasa Port. This includes the construction of new quay wall and terminal, procurement, installation and operation of 5 Ship-to-Shore gantry (gooseneck-type) cranes, 14 Rubber Tyred Gantries, 2 reach stackers, 30 terminal tractors, 35 container trailers, 10 empty container handlers, and other auxiliary equipment.

20 Hectares Sports Complex (250M)

Davao will have soon its own word-class sports complex at UP-Mintal area.The said project will cost around 250 to 300 million.

The P50 million will be for a huge coliseum, big enough to fit three basketball courts, and it will also have movable chairs. The coliseum will host basketball and volleyball events and other indoor sports.

The P100 million will be used to build a modern rubberized track oval with a main grandstand where athletics, baseball and football events may be staged. The rest of the budget will be spent for road works, beautification, overall facade and utilities, among others.

According to reports, the  sports complex will have two entrances, one in Mintal and one in Manambulan in Toril.

P286-M agriculture projects in Davao

According to Sunstar Davao report, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that a total of five infrastructure projects, with a total amount of P286.28 million, under the Philippine Rural Development Plan (PRDP) are set to be implemented in Davao Region this year.
Two of these projects have already been bidded out but are yet to be awarded, while the three others are already up for bidding.

The two projects that have already been bidded out are the P52.38-million rehabilitation of Mikit farm-to-market road (FMR) in Baganga, Davao Oriental and the P37.12-million rehabilitation of the Poblacion Datu Balong to Purok Mamalian FMR in San Isidro, Davao del Norte.

The three projects that are up for bidding are the P60.90-million construction of the Lamiawan prestressed concrete girder (PSCG) bridge in Caraga, Davao Oriental and the P57.01-million rehabilitation of the Little Panay-Katipunan-Kasilak FMR in Panabo City and P78.85 million rehabilitation of the New Visayas-Binancian FMR.[Sunstar Davao]

Davao City 911 Additional Equipment -540M

The Davao City Central 911 is the only one of its kind in Asia, with only a handful of similar systems all over the world, including Canada and the United States.

The Central 911 Davao acquired  its brand new fleet of Ambulances, Police Cars and Motorcycles earlier this year  from its approved P540-million fund but here's emergency response helicopter?

No official repot from the council if there's  procurement process on going for Davao City 911's first emergency response helicopter but let's wait and see.

The Swiss Eurocopter EC145 twin-engine aircraft which can carry up to nine passengers along with two crew ( depending on customer configuration)  is marketed for passenger transport, corporate transport, emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue, parapublic and utility roles. The unit cost is estimated to $5.5 million.

While a budget-wise option  is to look for  MD 530F, a classified  light helicopter, and can be used for the following missions: Corporate, Firefighting, Medical, Parapublic, and Police.

The approximate base price of this rotorcraft is $1 Million, which is 86% less expensive than the average for its class. It can transport up to 5 passengers, just about the same as competitors of a similar size. The 530F can fly as far as 232 nautical miles on a tank of fuel, a range that's 106 mi shorter than other similarly sized rotorcraft. Its maximum altitude ceiling (HOGE) is 14400 feet, which is 5,800 ft higher than average for its class. Top speed comes in at 134 knots, or 5.5% faster than the average light helicopter.

2016 upcoming projects in Davao City 

MORE sports facilities and parks are up for construction in Davao City as 3rd District Congressman Isidro Ungab intensifies his efforts to seek funding for more projects for the city.

-P40 Million for Toril Gym
-P20 Million for Calinan Gym
-People's Park replicas in Calinan & Toril worth P10 Million each
-15 Covered Courts & 62 New Barangay Halls have been built

Checkout other future world-class projects spearheaded by BIMP EAGA (video)

Sources : DavaoStart | Sunstar | Davao LGU
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