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The construction of the P16.47-billion Davao-Samal Island bridge will start mid 2019 and end in 2024, bared an official of the Department of Public Works and Highways-XI.

However, the implementation timeline appears to be only true as far as it is stated in the final report of the pre-feasibility study (pre-FS) of the Japanese consulting firm as shown in the documents shared by DPWH XI design chief Engr. Agnes Audam with the members of the Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan during their session Monday.

smal bridge routes 1 to 8

The said final report of the pre-FS prepared by a project consortium led by Katahira and Engineers International (KEI) was submitted to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in February 2016.

The report stated a total investment of 45 billion yen was needed for the project, or about P20.25 billion at the current 1 yen to .45 peso exchange rate.

Audam said that based on 2015 pricing, the total amount needed for the project was about P16.47 billion with the Japanese financing of around P11 billion and Philippine government’s counterpart of some P5.8 billion.

“METI will recommend to JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) for a full-blown FS, then DPWH will endorse it to the Dept. of Finance thru the National Economic Development Authority for possible funding of the FS,” said Engr. Audam, who represented her regional director Allan Borromeo to attend to the invitation of the SP to shed light on the status of the long-anticipated bridge project.

map davao-samal bridge

Dept. of Tourism-XI regional director Roberto Alabado and NEDA-XI Ma. Lourdes Lim were also no-shows during the session but instead sent letters pledging to Vice Governor Alan Dujali that they will subsequently give their written reports to the legislative body.

Audam added that the five-year implementation of Davao-Samal bridge project would come during the administration of President Duterte but the final work details would really depend on the results of the full-blown feasibility study (FS).

Dept. of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno in April said the funding of the full-blown FS was already approved and that the FS was already being made.

Audam informed that there are eight routes of the bridge considered in KEI pre-FS study but the most probable route of the bridge would be “somewhere in between route 6 and route 7 due to minimal road right of way acquisition.”

She pointed out that the route 6 to route 7 on the plan’s map lies in the area from the present small wharf used in going to Paradise Island near the old airport to Chevron depot at Coaco area in Barangay Pampanga in Davao City’s side.

From any point of the said area the bridge will span more than a kilometer connecting to an area in the old shipyard at Barangay Caliclic in Samal Island’s side.

samal bridge route 6 to 8

“As to suggested route in Panabo City, it might be considered in the full-blown feasibility study,” Engr. Audam said in response to the query on the Panabo route considering the factor of high volume of traffic in the considered route in Davao City’s side.

But PCL representative to the SP and Island Garden City of Samal Councilor Engr. Dan Gervacio said that “the people of Samal actually don’t want to have the bridge connected to Panabo” due to far distance as they are much interested connecting with Davao City.

Amid increasing queries from the public on the much-talked Samal bridge, the SP earlier invited the said three regional directors.

Cost of the bridge project has been increasing through the years that it has been talked about. In 2002 or 15 years ago the bridge was only estimated to cost for only a billion peso. Now it is about a whooping P20 billion, an amount equal to the first government budget to rebuild the battles-torn Marawi City.  (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)


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