DavNor Guv attempts to persuade DPWH on Samal bridge

Subscribe Now September 30, 2014 at 08:06am

Davao del Norte Provincial Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario recently revealed moves of pushing the idea of constructing a bridge connecting the cities of Davao and Samal in a casual meeting last week with Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson.

During the 2nd Press Briefing of RDC XI, Del Rosario, chair of RDC XI bared the nod of possibility of Singson for the bridge to get constructed though it may entail high cost but the Secretary was looking forward for Davao City and Samal to discuss “how this could be done”.

Del Rosario viewed as timely to construct the bridge that would connect the two cities due to heavy traffic besetting commuters especially during special events either in Davao City or in the Island Garden City of Samal.

“The traffic in the city is creating a lot of problem and causing delay in movement of goods,” he said referring to Davao City.

Developed as an eco-tourism site, the Island Garden City of Samal is a component city of Davao del Norte lying 15 kilometers from downtown area of Davao City which positions as the business and commercial hub of the Davao Region.

Located right across the Davao Gulf, Samal can be reached in a 15-minute ferry ride through Sasa (Davao City) roll-on roll-off port.

Del Rosario also pointed out the need not just the construction of a bridge, but the relocation or expansion of Sasa Wharf which usually teems with container ships unloading substantial volume of goods in a location fronting Samal.

Already in his 80s, Del Rosario vowed to continue pushing the bridge construction whether he might be out of local government service as he saw it beneficial for the Davao Region.

He projected the explosion of economic activities in Samal once the bridge gets constructed but he was quick to explain that this development would not necessarily mean in competition with Davao City.

“We can only have Samal developed beneficial also to Davao City,” he said citing Samal as just 500,000-hectare in size.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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