8 circumferential corridors proposed in Davao Region

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY company Palafox Associates is proposing for the establishment of eight circumferential transport and development corridors in the Davao Region to enhance accessibility within the region.

ARCH. Felino Palafox Jr., whose company is tasked to develop the Metro Davao urban master plan, proposes for establishment of eight circumferential transport and development corridors. Palafox is the guest of the weekly Wednesdays@Habi at Kape – Abreeza.

ARCH. Felino Palafox Jr., whose company is tasked to develop the Metro Davao urban master plan, proposes for establishment of eight circumferential transport and development corridors. Palafox is the guest of the weekly Wednesdays@Habi at Kape – Abreeza.

Arch. Felino Palafox Jr., managing partner and founder of Palafox Associates, said yesterday at Wednesdays at Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall that proposal is included in the plan to set up bridges, which would be inspired by Philippine Eagle and Mt. Apo.

 The company, a multi-disciplinary firm that is expert in architecture, urban planning, town planning, site planning, engineering, development consultancy and environmental design, is the winning bidder to draft the Metro Davao urban master plan. The plan is a project of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

 The company, at present, has not released the detail of the plan pending its completion.

 On the plan to set up a bridge between the Island Garden City of Samal and the city, for instance, Palafox said the proposal of his company is to also set up bicycle lanes, roads, a railway and a portion for plants. He said it is also planned to have a site on top of the infrastructure where the public can freely view the mini-museum and the beauty of Mt. Apo.

 Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto said last year during the first consultation on the project that they would ensure that it would be people-centered where stakeholders will be allowed to offer suggestions so that these could be included.

 “It is our goal that our collective vision for Metro Davao is reflected in the study. So we enjoin you to speak up, participate, help the planners understand what we want for our metropolitan area,” Alonto said.

 The national government allocated P25 million for the creation of the urban master plan.

 In a briefer, MinDA said the Metro Davao urban master plan project “will cover the linear cluster of urban areas along the physical backbone of the Pan-Philippine Highway from the City of Digos to the Municipality of Maco traversing thru the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao City, Island Garden City of Samal, Panabo City, Municipality of Carmen and Tagum City.”

 “While the Master Plan will essentially focus on the urban areas along the transport backbone, it is expected that the study will also take into account the land use and the socio-economic activities of the rural and sub-urban components of the municipalities and cities that compose Metro Davao, as well as the other areas around the Davao Gulf from Don Marcelino in Davao Occidental to San Isidro in Davao Oriental, especially as to how these impact and/or feed into the urban dynamics,” MinDA added.

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