Construction of P23-billion Davao City-Samal bridge to push through

Published June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – The completion of the P23.04-billion Davao City-Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) bridge will open a lot of opportunities that will change the economic landscape of the island.

Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) Mayor Al David T. Uy (Facebook / MANILA BULLEITN FILE PHOTO)
Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) Mayor Al David T. Uy

This was bared by IGACOS Mayor Al David T. Uy, who also noted that the mammoth project would place upon their shoulders a huge responsibility to strike a balance between environmental preservation and economic development.

“We need to educate our future leaders to take care of the environment, that they should balance development and environment, because we will not last long in position, we will grow old. It’s up to the next generation of leaders of Samal to balance development and ecology. Hopefully, they won’t repeat the mistakes in the past,” he added.

Uy added the local government was also trying to ramp up other support infrastructure projects such as improving the drainage and roads, and other basic services such as water and electricity.

Uy praised the national government for not setting aside the Davao-Samal bridge project, which has long been envisioned decades ago.

He said the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak worried him months ago as he thought the much awaited bridge project would have to take a backseat to give way for government efforts in addressing the pandemic in the country.

The fund for the bridge project will be financed by 80 percent official development assistance from China, while 20 percent will come from counterpart funds from the national government under the General Appropriations Act.

“I was worried because the national government was looking for budget for the Bayanihan Fund. I was expecting it might slash the budget (for the bridge) that would be used for the Fund, but luckily and thankfully it did not touch the budget. There was an assurance from Sec. (Vince) Dizon during briefing,” he said.

Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects Vince Dizon assured major infrastructure projects would continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very happy that the funds are there and the project will push through,” he said.
According to Uy, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Davao said the groundbreaking for the project may happen in the fourth quarter of 2020.