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Old July 7th, 2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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Davao Region Infrastructure and Urban Planning

Welcome to Davao's Infrastructure Thread!

The presence of basic infrastructure within the City such as airport, seaports, roads, bridges, and telecommunications has sustained the economic growth in the last 10 years. Due to the City’s unprecedented growth, a clamor for higher capacity infrastructures resulted to a number of modernization projects now ongoing to meet the demands of the new millennium.

The Davao International Airport is the busiest airport in Mindanao. Expansion and modernization began in 1998. Today, the new DIA (opened in December 2003) has begun accommodating wider-bodied jets such as the Boeing 747.

Construction of more roads and bridges are also underway. The construction of the City’s third major road - the Buhangin underpass was completed in the 1st quarter of 2003. A Traffic Management and Computerization Scheme was also implemented. Davao City is ranked no. 5 among cities in Asia with better traffic flow based on vehicles per kilometer of city road.

Presently, there are 2 government seaports (the Sasa Wharf and the Sta. Ana Pier) and 9 privately owned ports. The City Government is currently in the process of taking over the management of the seaports to modernize facilities and expand capacity. In addition, the city has a fish port called the Toril Fish Port Complex to accommodate small and large-scale fishing activities as well as provide among others cold-storage facilities.

Communication links within the key business areas are adequate. With the deregulation and privatization policies of the Philippine government, the number of telecommunications player is projected to increase as well as offer affordable telecommunications services to subscribers/clienteles.

Feel free to post the latest news, information and photos on Davao's Booming Infrastructure!

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Old July 7th, 2006, 11:26 AM   #2
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Francisco Bangoy International Airport
, also called Davao International Airport (DIA)
(IATA: DVO, ICAO: RPMD) is the main airport serving Davao City in the Philippines. It is the busiest airport in the Mindanao region and is the only international airport in Mindanao serving actual international flights on a regular basis. The airport has a single 3,000-meter precision runway.

A new terminal replaces the previous Davao International Airport terminal, which lies just across it, in handling domestic and international flights to Davao. The new airport is estimated to handle 1.2 million passengers and 84,600 tons of cargo yearly. The added capacity is also complemented by the latest navigation, security and baggage handling equipments. This aims to cement Davao as a hub for tourism and foreign investment.

It was funded by a forty million-dollar loan from the Asian Development Bank, co-financed the European Investment Bank for twenty-five million ECUs, as well as budgetary allocations from the government. The total cost to develop it ammounted to $128 million.

After almost a decade, the new terminal was finally inaugurated on December 2, 2003. Initial construction began on 2000 while plans for construction were announced in 1992.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #3
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Diversion Road

Near Las Terrazas


Monteritz


Buhangin Underpass





Near DIA




Sun City


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Old July 7th, 2006, 11:31 AM   #4
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hmmm, what else is new!

Is the city sponsored study for the light rail done?
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Old July 7th, 2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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It's been doing a feasibility study now. All I hope is that they'd do it at least 5 years from now, but until then, we may need more things than that.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 02:13 PM   #6
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can anyone please post pictures of the pedestrian underpass at DIA? d ko kasi gets ang purpose nun eh .heheh patingin naman
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Old July 7th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #7
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hope they could beautify a little bit the walls of this vehicular underpass with white paint.
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DAVAO



The economic centre of the Philippines in Mindanao, the show window of the island to the world.



The largest economy by metropolitan benchmark, it serves as the hub of travel and tourism to spokes of cities and provinces across Mindanao.



Physical Infrastructure
The presence of basic infrastructure within the City such as airport, seaports, roads, bridges, and telecommunications has sustained the economic growth in the last 10 years.

Due to the City’s unprecedented growth, a clamor for higher capacity infrastructures resulted to a number of modernization projects now ongoing to meet the demands of the new millennium.

Airport
The Davao International Airport is the busiest airport in Southern Philippines. Expansion and modernization began in 1998. Today, the DIA has begun accommodating wider-bodied jets such as Boeing 747’s.







Infrastructure
Construction of more roads and bridges are also underway. The construction of the City’s third major road - the Buhangin underpass was completed in the 1st quarter of 2003.


Buhangin Interchange



Agdao Flyover and Approaches



Bungangin Vehicular Underpass









Central 911 adapted the concept of 911 that originated in the United States of America. They did not only adapt the concept but the call numbers 911 as well. It is the brainchild of the City Mayor Honorable Rodrigo R. Duterte as part of his peace and order program.

Launched in partnership with the Davao Light and Power Company, whose software – the Electronic Computer Aided Dispatch system or ECAD enables a functional system of saving lives.



One of Asia's most modern traffic light control systems at work at this ultra busy intersection



Taffic lights at ADDU area

The first phase of the Traffic Management and Computerization Scheme has been implemented in 2006. Davao City is ranked no. 5 among cities in Asia with better traffic flow based on vehicles per kilometer of city road.

Seaports
Presently, there are 2 government seaports (the Sasa Wharf and the Sta. Ana Pier) and 9 privately owned ports. The City Government is currently in the process of taking over the management of the seaports to modernize facilities and expand capacity.


Toril International Fishing Port Complex


In addition, the city has a fish port called the Toril Fish Port Complex to accommodate small and large-scale fishing activities as well as provide among others cold-storage facilities.


Centre of Education
The City is considered the Center for Learning and Education in the Mindanao Island. Currently, it has 374 elementary schools, 107 secondary schools, and 49 colleges and universities. Host to the islands finest schools and premier university.




Ateneo de Davao University-Premier Centre of Education in the Island that caters to the whole of Asia

Centre for Health

There are about 31 hospitals with a total of 1,763 beds in Davao City. Very affordable medical services are made available to poor residents through the Davao Medical Center, which has the most number of hospitals beds at 400.





DAVAO DOCTOR's HOSPITAL AND DAVAO MEDICAL CENTRE : Two of Davao's most modern and advanced healthcare facilities catering to patients in the whole Mindanao Island and BIMP-EAGA

Financial Centre
Currently, there are around 141 banks (including branches), 37 financing companies, and 466lending firms operating in the city. These can handle financial/monetary transactions from the most basic to the most complicated.



Industrial activity of Davao City is largely concentrated in the north district







Agri-fisheries is mainly in the south district





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Old July 7th, 2006, 04:45 PM   #9
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I want to see this come true before I die

Samal-Davao bridge exploration talks resume
By Gigie A. Agtay

Thursday, October 20, 2005


EXPLORATORY negotiations on the proposed construction of the bridge connecting Samal and Davao City have resumed after it was shelved for almost a year, Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) Administrator Cleto Gales said.

In an interview Monday, Gales said Chinese investors recently showed interest to fund the Igacos-Davao City bridge project as part of the P2 billion earmarked for projects in the country.

"Actually talks have been going on for almost a year now with representatives of the Senyang Bank of China," Gales said.
(ANY UPDATE ON THIS? WAS THIS INCLUDED IN THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED SINO-RP TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION SUMMIT...tanong lang ha... )

Gales expressed optimism that the construction of the bridge will soon be materialized.

The bridge construction plan floated after President Gloria Arroyo assumed the presidency in 2000 from deposed president Joseph Estrada who identified the proposed Igacos-Davao bridge as one of his flagship projects.

The proposed project, estimated to cost US$120 million, was among the six major infrastructure projects proposed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) in the Davao Integrated Development Program (DIDP) masterplan study in 1999.

A Japanese group then conducted a study including a depth sounding test but the project had to be shelved after 2000 despite the Philippine Government's guarantee of a "build, operate, and transfer" arrangement.

"The proposed project is still part of the talking points of President Arroyo with the Japanese government. What is critical is the sovereign guarantee of the Philippine government," Gales said.

Gales added that with the present volume of traffic from Davao City to Samal and vice versa, he expects a Return of Investment within 11 years.

After which, he said the bridge operation will be self-sustaining and self-liquidating.

Since the proposed bridge will be connecting the cities of Samal and Davao, Gales said they are seeking the involvement of Davao City in terms of technical preparation especially of the areas of Maryknoll to the corner of the old airport fronting the Angliongto shipyard.

He said they have been in close contact with Davao City Administrator Wendel Avisado about the proposed bridge project.

Being DIDP executive director, Avisado has been supportive of the proposed Samal-Davao bridge and believes that the bridge will spur more business activities not only in Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal but also in neighboring towns of Davao Oriental and the Davao Gulf.

"It (the bridge) will go a long way in uplifting the living condition of people, not only in Samal but also in outlying areas of Davao Oriental," Avisado was quoted to have said.

Gales also said with the Samal-Davao bridge comes the construction of an international seaport at Aundanao in Igacos and an ecozone area where light industries will be built near the shipping port.

The international seaport will meantime serve the local "Ro-ro" from Samal to Banaybanay that will cut short travel time from Mati to Davao City by almost two hours.

"The advantage of the international seaport is that big shipping vessels won't have to pass the 'Pakiputan Strait' as they have been the cause of a power blackout years ago they have been the subject of resort owners' complaints, Gales said.
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^ personally though, i dont like the idea of a bridge connecting DC and IGACOS as well as the seaport and industrial zone.With thies, IGACOS will be just like any other Davao GulF city, and the chances of IGACOS losing its natural charm will be bigger.. let samal stay untouched and pristine, it may be Durianburgs last frontier
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^ agree! Samals defintly Davao's Last frontier... let the mystery stay...
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do we have any samal forumers?
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hehe..bitaw nohh?buot buot ta for samal to remain as it is tapos dili diay na gusto sa majority of IGACOSnons.

but its for IGACOS' own good man if they steer away from the usual developemtn path of most cities and concentrate on developing the island as the Davao Gulf's showcase of natural beauty.
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o naman... samal people will may find it as an exploitation and see davao as imperialist... MAYBE lang... pero wat if?
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Old July 7th, 2006, 08:10 PM   #15
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Sec Ebdane pushes for construction of Ulas flyover in Davao
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Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said the government is pushing for the construction of the proposed Diosdado Macapagal (Ulas) Flyover in line with the President's agenda of providing social services to the people.

The proposed flyover being pursued by the DPWH would relieve the daily traffic headaches of motorists plying along Davao-Digos, Davao-Bukidnon roads and Davao City diversion road, Secretary Ebdane said.

A team of experts from the DPWH, Project Management Office for Feasibility Studies from Manila were in Davao City from May 29, 2006 to June 7, 2006 to conduct engineering and traffic surveys along Ulas junction for the proposed construction of the flyover, DPWH XI Director Dimas S. Soguilon reported.

Complementing the Manila team were technical people from the DPWH regional office and Davao City District Engineering Office headed by District Engineer Isagani Javier who provided assistance in the field operation and coordination with the local government of Davao city, proponent of the flyover project.

The traffic survey requires data from the intersection capability analysis, such as manual vehicle classification counts; vehicle queue survey; conflicting pedestrian count; number of bus stopping; travel time survey; and origin-destination survey.

At present, the flyover project with an estimated cost of some P504-million has a funding request to the Japanese Government Aid program (GGAP), through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) with the technical assistance of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). DPWH is now complying with the requirements.

The multi-million project requires the construction of a four-lane concrete bridge, widening of existing roads, and construction of detour roads for the continuous flow of traffic.

Named after the former Philippine President and father of current national leader President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Diosdado Macapagal Flyover is a long-time dream project of Davao City whose growth rate is among the country's fastest.

After the traffic survey, the conduct of the Environment Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan will follow. This will be conducted by the Environmental and Social Services of DPWH-central office, Manila.
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^ agree! Samals defintly Davao's Last frontier... let the mystery stay...
with this newly passed bill, i don't think its going that way, shalom.......


Davao Norte vice-guv hails Samal freeport plan


SunStar Davao, Thursday, June 01, 2006
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/dav...port.plan.html
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THE passing of the bill declaring the Island Garden City of Samal as a special economic zone and freeport is hailed by Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony del Rosario as an opportunity much needed by this island city to boost its economy.

Del Rosario congratulated Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr., who authored the said bill, saying such is a victory for all Samaleños.

"Through this bill we hope to be able to get more funding from the National Government to provide additional support facilities much needed for Samal with the objective of attracting more business investments thus creating more jobs and spurring economic activity throughout the island," the vice governor said.

He said if the bill becomes a law there is a high possibility for Samal to become the Subic of Mindanao.

"While Igacos is already primarily known as a viable tourism destination, through Congressman Tonyboy Floirendo's bill, we hope to also make Samal a viable business alternative to the likes of SBMA. The approval of this bill should be a strong signal for the provincial government to provide its full support to the City Government of Igacos for the realization of this unique opportunity for its people," del Rosario said.

The House of Representatives approved on third reading last Monday House Bill 5266 proposing the creation of a special economic zone in the Island Garden City of Samal.

The bill also proposed the creation of the Samal Island Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority for this purpose.

With Samal recognized as a special economic zone, investors are expected to come in and improve the economy of this young city.

The bill was already forwarded to the Senate and if approved there President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will then sign it into law. (BOT)
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