Bridge to boost tourism on Samal Island

Subscribe Now January 15, 2015 at 02:06pm

Business and tourism stakeholders in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) in Davao del Norte see a boost in tourism and business in the area when the proposed P10-billion Samal-Davao bridge is finally realized.

Speaking before the media during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City here Monday, Araceli Ayuste, president of the Davao del Norte Provincial Tourism Council, emphasized the importance of the bridge that will connect the island city to mainland Mindanao, particularly Davao City.

Ayuste said investors were already upbeat about the construction of the bridge as the feasibility study on the bridge construction is already on the pipeline.

She added that resort owners and other key tourism players in the island also welcomed the planned bridge construction.

Last year, the Regional Development Council in Davao region (RDC-11) said the Samal-Davao bridge construction will commence in 2016.

Connecting Samai Island to Davao City was among the priority projects stipulated in the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan (UDRDP), along with the P40-billion rehabilitation and improvement of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport and the modernization of Sasa Wharf here.

Meanwhile, the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) also announced that negotiations are already set between the city government and the Manila-based Mega Harbor for the development of the Sta. Ana Wharf here.

DCIPC officer-in-charge Ivan Cortez told reporters at the Kapehan sa Dabaw on Monday that formal negotiations will commence by the first quarter of this year for the P39- billion development program of Sta. Ana Wharf.

The negotiations will also be attended by the NEDA-11 that will also deal with the concerns on reclamation or expropriation of property that will be affected by the wharf development.

The development will involve reclamation of 150 meters of shorelines that will stretch from the wharf area towards Magsaysay Park and will end at the mouth of Davao River in Bucana area.

Once developed, Sta. Ana Wharf and its areas will be transformed into a seaport and a business and tourism hub in the city complete with facilities with commercial areas and tourist spots.


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