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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ALTERNATE ROAD EYED: Highway bypass project is aimed to mitigate traffic congestion

DAVAO CITY, Philippines
→ A superhighway running parallel to the existing diversion road is envisioned as the ultimate solution to the high traffic growth rate now besetting the continued fast urbanization of Davao City. City Planning and Development Coordinator Mario Luis J. Jacinto said the proposed 44-kilometer highway bypass project will facilitate the travel of people and transportation of commodities from Bunawan to Sirawan.
He said that travelers who want to go in Davao del Sur and Bukidnon can use the highway which has 30 meters expansion where trucks and other vehicles can traverse.
“Ang intention niya, if you don’t have any business going to congested areas now or on developed areas sa existing national road system then you pass that way,” said Jacinto.
He said that the proposed road will have a tunnel structures in of one its sections. The sections will cover the areas of Waan, Magtuod and Langub.
“These are the high elevation areas across Davao River from north to south,” Jacinto said.
He said that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is now on its final stage of feasibility study that would be done in the middle of the year.
Jacinto said that the result of proposal will depend on the outcome of the study and the priority of the national government.
“Because it is part of the bilateral agreement, of course, JICA is very aggressive on it because they are really pushing for it,” he said.
Jacinto said that JICA sent their technical teams to conduct ground surveys, alignment surveys and inventory of possible land ownership. He added that city government has also sent their technical working teams to assist JICA.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has earlier released a report indicating that while “major urban roads in Davao City have four lanes, these are insufficient to ease severe traffic congestion.”
“Traffic from and to Sasa and Panabo ports is also frequently experiencing congestion, affecting transportation of goods,” the report said.
“As of the present, the traffic condition (along these roads) in spite of being widened to the maximum possible width, tends to slow down at snail pace during peak hours. On non-peak hours, the traffic is still manageable. But with the high traffic growth rate in the area, the roads will soon be congested most of the time,” it added.

source: Edge Davao

Friday, April 4, 2014

Local mining company pours P 30-M projects in Pantukan

DAVAO CITY, Philippines
→  A local mining company distributed P 30-million worth of projects to nine barangays of Pantunkan, Compostela Valley.
More than 2,000 families availed of the Community Livelihood Initiative Projects (CLIP) conducted by the King King Copper Gold Project.
One of the projects is the Vegetable Garden and Fishpond in Purok Sta. Teresa, which is in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) and the community.
Brienlyn BaƱo, GSP troop leader in the purok, said that the project started only as a beautification activity of a purok center and eventually grew into a garden and fishpond due to the community’s request and eager participation.
Bonifacio Abalayan, purok leader of Sta. Teresa, said that before the project was made, the residents were purchasing their vegetables in the marketplace; but now, the businessmen in the market are the ones buying their goods from the purok’s produce.
Abalayan added that one of the best features of their garden was the use of organic fertilizer from their Vermiculture project.
Aside from this, other programs of the mining project focused on the livelihood of Mansaka tribe. These include the provision of sewing machine and dress-making training to the tribal women’s group.
Iluminada Padilla, president of the Mansaka Women’s Group, said that they are grateful to the mining project for giving them an opportunity to help their families through making tribal dresses, other clothing and bags.
The projects also included establishment of water system, distribution of farm implements and development of other important infrastructure.

source: PIA 11 / Michael Uy

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Megaworld Invest 15B in first Mindanao township project in Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines
→ Megaworld Corp. is building its first township project in Mindanao on the site of the former Lanang Golf and Country Club.

In a statement, the upscale condo builder owned by billionaire Andrew Tan said it is investing P15 billion in the next five to seven years to develop Davao Park District, an 11-hectare property along the S.P. Dakudao Loop in Lanang, Davao City.

“Davao City is the economic center of Mindanao. This is the best place to build our very first township in Southern Philippines, which we envision to be Mindanao’s new central business district. In Davao Park District, the people of Mindanao can finally experience Megaworld’s pioneering ‘live-work-play-learn’ township concept,” said Tan, the company’s chairman and chief executive.

First to rise in the township will be office towers serving business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and other corporate offices.

“As the country’s largest office developer and landlord, we will also be bringing our expertise and leadership in the development of state-of-the-art office towers to Davao City. We hope to bring in new BPO locators to set up operations in the city,” Megaworld first vice president Jericho P. Go said.

Aside from office towers, Davao Park District will also feature themed residential condominiums that will be constructed by Suntrust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Megaworld.

The township, Megworld’s 10th in the Philippines, will also have a lifestyle mall, commercial and retail strips, and a school.

“We are excited to revitalize the landscape of Davao City with our ‘live-work-play-learn’ concept for this mixed-use development. This is like bringing Eastwood City to Mindanao,” Go said.

source: Interaksyon / Business