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A TOTAL of P1.19 billion has been earmarked for this year for the tourism road convergence project on Davao-Samal Bridge, the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) announced.

“As of now, the current budget released by DPWH is almost P1.19 billion," said Mariano Alquiza, DPWH-Davao regional director, adding that the pre-feasibility study is still under way.
Alquiza said the bridge project will also give tourists road access to Samal Island.
He emphasized that the project has a lot of economic benefits and will potentially traffic reduction.




“For me, I am very much in favor of the continuous development for the Davao-Samal tourism bridge,” he said.

In September 2015, DPWH made public consultations both in Davao and Samal wherein some 130 participants composed of stakeholders and representatives from various barangays in the cities of Davao and Igacos, province of Davao del Norte, agriculture, tourism, transportation, affected residents, among others agreed with the proposed tourism bridge.

“They want the tourism infrastructure bridge to be realized sooner to boost and sustain economic growth and better accessibility,” Alquiza said.
The public consultation was part of the prefeasibility study being conducted by Katahira and Engineers International (KEI), a Japan-based civil engineering consultancy firm.

The prefeasibility study is a preliminary study of a project that will determine if a certain project is up for a feasibility study stage.

"The prefeasibility study entails the determination of routes, what structure to propose, economic benefits, traffic concerns, among others," Alquiza said earlier.

He added that the study will identify the best route of the eight possible routes where the bridge will be constructed. The Japanese consultants are eyeing on two routes, one of it is the route 7 which is from the Km. 9 in Sasa to Babak District, Samal.

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Sources: Mindanao Economic Boom, SunStar Davao,

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