Two highly anticipated development projects for Davao City have been given approval by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Investment Coordination Committee (ICC). The decision, dated Friday, November 29, approved 100 projects to be included in the nation’s infrastructure thrust, including seven new projects. Counted among these are two major projects for Davao City – the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) and the Davao-Samal Bridge.
In total, all seven of the new projects were approved for an amount of P187.34 B. These include three projects from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and one for the Department of Health.
The modern bus system for Davao City will require funding amounting to P18.66 BB, but will feature interconnected bus services playing the 137 kilometers of core city networks and additional feeder routes composed of 489 kms. The bus system has five proposed routes. Construction for the project is scheduled to be implementated from 2020 to 2023.
In 2018, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio had urged both the NEDA and the Department of Finance to approve these projects for Davao City. As the Southern Philippine metro hub grows, it has higher urbanization requirements and fast adaptations are needed to sustain the city’s recent boom.