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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Feasibility study up for LRT project in Davao City

by Manila Bulletin

Davao City — If everything pans out between the LGU here and a Korean construction firm, then Davao City will have its own light rail transit or LRT.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed the other day between Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the officers of the Korea Engineering and Construction (KEC) headed by Professor Chae Il Kwon, Chief Researcher of the Transportation Study Group of Seoul National University, indicated the commencement of a feasibility study for the construction of the Davao Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

Davao LRT Agreement - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (seated, right) prepares to sign last Monday the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Korean Engineering and Construction (KEC).

The study will be launched in September of this year.
Duterte pointed out that aside from the total cost, the study will focus on how to “lessen the pollution and gas emission and if the project could be of use to the community” in Davao City.

In their presentation, KEC said the forecasted increase in traffic activities in Davao City will result in traffic congestion, with the transportation activities — particularly disembarking and embarking of passengers — having a constant growth rate of 2.88 percent from 2007 to 2011.

In 2011, KEC said about 25,384,389 disembarking and 24,430,906 embarking were recorded for the year, totalling 49,815,295 passengers.

With the 2.88 percent growth rate per year, KEC said Davao City will need a transportation system that is efficient, environment-friendly and one that can accommodate the increasing number of passengers.

The Korean firm added that it will consider the 2013-2020 Zoning Ordinance of the city in their conduct of the feasibility study.

Two LRT routes were presented by KEC, specifically from the Davao Gulf ad Country Club to the Francisco Bangoy International Airport. Both routes will pass through different proposed stations, with the first one having a length of 13 kilometers while the second being 17 kilometers.

On his end, Duterte said he will be sending engineers from the city government and the private sector to Korea to study their LRT systems and to familiarize on the construction and operating procedures. The city constituents won’t be left out as well, adding that consultations with them will be conducted to get their sentiments on the project.

Signing of MOA for Davao LRT - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte togetjer with the City Councilors and the KEC Representative.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

KISAN LU to invest P3B for 2 more dev’t projects in Davao City

by Sunstar Davao

DAVAO CITY —  Homegrown developer, Kisan Lu Lands, Inc. (KLLI), is investing at least P3 billion for two more housing development projects in Davao City as it remained bullish on the continuous growth of the housing sector in this part of the country.

At present, the company has four on-going projects scattered in the southern part of the city -- the Amiya, Twin Palms, Villa Conchita and Bambu Estate.

Kristin Lu, KLLI president and chief executive officer, said the company is set to break grounds for the two new projects -- the Plantacion and Greenwoods -- before the year ends.

"In fact, we are set to launch these projects as soon as we acquired all the necessary permits. We are now processing all these requirements," she told Sun.Star Davao during the formal opening of the company's first satellite office at the third level of SM City Davao on Saturday.

Lu said Greenwoods, which will rise in the newly-acquired 16-hectare property in Mintal, will have 650 units, a mixture of the company's Classic and Deluxe house-and-lot package.

For Plantacion, it will be the company's first residential project in the northern part of the city. Located in a 48-hectare property in Mandug in Buhangin District, this development project is looking at all segments of the market as it offers the company's three product brands -- the Classic, Deluxe and the Premier.

At least 2,000 housing units will be constructed under this project, which is a joint venture between Lisan Lu and another city-based developer Mallow Realty.

"We are pouring in an investment of P1 billion for Greenwoods and more than P2 billion for Plantacion," Lu said.

Andrew Bautista, KLLI sales director, assured both residential developments carry the same features as other Kisan Lu projects in the city.

“Both projects are gated and fenced, each equipped with multi-purpose center with swimming pool and ball courts, open spaces and pavements,” he said.

Bautista was also proud of the projects' affordability, adding that even those who are about to start a family can now afford to buy a house they can call their own.

“For only P2,900 monthly, you can own a Classic unit in these projects,” he said.

He added they have re-classified their branding to make it "more glamorous" and attractive to prospective clients.

"Instead of calling it 'low-cost', we now call our lower-end brand as Classic, and Deluxe and Premier for our mid-end and high-end brands, respectively," Bautista said.

Lu also assured that these new development projects, like all other Kisan Lu projects, will be transformed into a thriving community that each homeowner can be proud of.

"We put passion in all our projects. We have a team of architects to make sure the design and every detail of the project is strictly followed. We have our own contractor to ensure the quality of each structure," she said.

Meanwhile, to provide convenience to its growing clientele, Kisan Lu set up its first satellite office at SM City Davao. It is located beside the regional office of the Department of Foreign Affairs at the third level of the mall.

"Since most of our projects are in the south, we want to make it easier for our clients to do business with us. They don't have to go to our main office on San Pedro Street in the downtown area to inquire or pay their bills. This office will cater to all their needs," Bautista said.

"We want them to be more comfortable when doing transactions with us."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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

DAVAO CITY —  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