The construction of a multi-million bridge that will connect Davao City to the promising island of Samal will most likely commence in 2019, Department of Tourism officials revealed.
As confirmed by Tourism Secretary for Mindanao Eden David, the feasibility study of the project is already underway and the initial report prepared by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) was already submitted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to the DOT.
“The dates will vary, but one thing is for sure, programs have been initiated relative to funding it, both for the feasibility study and the full bridge construction,” David said.
Meanwhile, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo pronounced that the fund needed for the construction of the Davao-Samal bridge is now available.
“I still believe that we need the bridge, because from there on, it would be easy. I would like to promote Samal as a beach destination. There are many resorts and diving spots in Samal,” Teo commented.
Samal is a group of island located in Davao Gulf and is geographically separated from mainland Mindanao. It lies 900 meters east of Davao City and 10 kilometers West of Comval Province. Currently, Samal is a popular tourist destination and a potential economic player in the country with its crystal clear waters and attractive rich environment.
Source: Philstar Global and Radyo Natin