Feasibility study on Samal-Davao bridge done

A Feasibility study on the proposed Samal-Davao bridge is already finished, a undersecretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

Undersecretary Ma. Catalina Cabral of Planning and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Service of the DPWH made the announcement during the PhilConstruct 2018 held in the city on Saturday.

“We have plans, we have the budget, we just have to make sure that this will be implemented and we have to finish by 2020,” Cabral told the participants.

The bridge connecting Island Garden City of Samal to Davao City is under the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with an estimated cost of P17.8 billion.

However, the source for technology and equipment is yet to be settled.
Philippine neighboring countries like China, Korea and Japan are the top list probable sources of building equipment for the project, envisioned some 50 years ago.

Highest quality equipment and topnotch experts are also very crucial for the optimum implementation of the 1.2 kilometer bridge project.

The bridge will reduce the travel to Samal from 30 minutes to 5 minutes. This project will also mark another level of advancement in terms of tourism value in the Island City of Samal.

The Samal-Davao bridge is one of the top priorities under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte under his Build, Build, Build program. (By Regina Mae Ronquillo)