DavNor: Del Rosario highlights Samal-Davao bridge project

Subscribe Now August 15, 2014 at 09:04am

Regional Development Council (RDC) XI Chair Rodolfo P. Del Rosario revealed that the Samal-Davao bridge could cost as much as P10 billion, contrary to the P6 billion initial projection.

In the maiden press briefing of the council held in Tagum City, Del Rosario stated that the ballooning of the number can ensure that only the best materials possible will be used in the making of a high-quality bridge.

“Hindi lang P6 billion ito. Baka beyond P10 billion (This is not just P6 billion. Maybe this is beyond P10 billion). Pero, since we are talking about development, and if we want to really help out in easing up the heavy traffic in Davao City, a bridge to Samal can greatly help” he said.

Del Rosario expressed that RDC is currently preparing a proposal to the national government for the funding of a pre-feasibility study to be approved by the National Economic Development Authority. Only then can the actual planning of the project commence.

“After we have the feasibility study, then I guess that will be the time we can present it in a roadshow, sell the idea to any investor or get the national government to fund it”, he said.

Del Rosario also stressed the importance of the media in disseminating information to the public regarding the various projects of the council. He believes that a well-informed public will appreciate the importance of good governance in the progress of the region.

“I think the objective here today is to communicate our programs to our people. We need your support. We have to be transparent about this”, he said.

On another note, the RDC XI announced its targets which they hope to accomplish by 2016. These include the enabling of the regional economy to grow by an average of 7.5 percent annually and peaking at 8.7%, the decrease of poverty incidence from 28.6% to 22.3%, the increase of employment rate to 98.2%, the growth of investment inflows from P8.4 billion in 2012 to P18 billion, and the increase of the simple literacy rate from 93.2% to 100%.

RDC Vice Chair Maria Lourdes D. Lim pronounced the local government units with notable performances in the development of their areas.

“In terms of revenue generation, topping the list are Davao City and Tagum City. In terms of poverty reduction, Davao Oriental has improved a lot by 6% in reducing its poverty numbers”, she said.

Del Rosario also added that Davao del Norte is ahead of its own targets for the development of the region.

“Based on my perception, Davao Del Norte is very much ahead. We have our steady, continuing programs, and I think they are very effective as far as our feedback is concerned”, he said.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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