NEDA Board approves Davao transport system

Published December 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

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By Emmie V. Abadilla

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board last Friday (November 29, 2019) approved the P18.66-billion Davao Public Transport Modernization Project (DPTMP) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to be implemented from 2020 to 2023.

The DPTMP will provide an efficient and affordable mode of transport for Davaoeños via a High Priority Bus System (HPBS) – interconnected bus services prioritized along 137 kilometers core network and 489 kms of feeder routes.

In all, the HPBS will have 29 bus routes, divided into four tiers.

The first, MetroDavao, will form the core services that connect all major commercial centers along the five routes. The second, DavaoInter, runs along eight routes connecting the inner urban areas directly to the Davao Central Business District.

The third, the DavaoFeeder, covers nine routes linking smaller centers and areas of more dispersed populations to the MetroDavao services while the last, DavaoLocal, links the outer rural areas of the city and the main transport system, as well as the integrated terminals.

Overall, the official development assistance (ODA)-funded DPTMP project has three components: Public Transport System Improvement, Institutional Capacity Strengthening, and Social Development Program (SDP).

The public transport system improvement component provides hierarchical, interconnected bus services along major arterial roads, as well as extensive network of feeder services covering the entire urban area.

The DPTMP will spur and sustain development within and beyond Davao City, according to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade. “It’s a very efficient mode of transport as it maximizes service coverage. Growth and development, after all, should cover not just Luzon, but also Visayas and Mindanao.”

The project’s institutional capacity strengthening component will support the planning, implementation, regulation and monitoring of the public transport system operations, including training of personnel from DOTr, Davao City Government, particularly its City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), Land Transportation Office, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

On the other hand, the DPTMP’s social development component supports the transition of the current public transport providers and those employed in the sector during the implementation of a modern HPBS in Davao City.

The DPTMP will not only satisfy the transport needs of Davao City, but will also serve as a vital transport link to the rest of the region, stressed Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary and Infrastructure Cluster head Mark Villar. “It will fast-track growth in Mindanao through vital transportation infrastructure.”

“This project befits the stature of Davao City as a fast-emerging hub of tourism and investment in the country,” Secretary Vince Dizon, Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, concluded.