Notice to Proceed for Samal Island-Davao City Bridge Issued – Manila Bulletin

DAVAO CITY – A lawsuit notice was issued Thursday, September 1 to the Chinese contractor for the highly anticipated Samal Island-Davao City Connector (SIDC) project, an official with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain said a geotechnical investigation began last week in preparation for the actual construction of the bridge project.

China Road and Bridge Corp. (CRBC) has been selected as the contractor for the project, according to the DPWH.

Sadain said the inauguration has not yet been scheduled as she is still confirming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s schedule for honoring the ceremony.

The project will be completed in 60 months or five years.

On June 13, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian discussed with then-Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III the Framework Agreement and Loan Agreement signed between the Philippines and China for a loan worth 350 million dollars or 18.67 billion pesos for the bridge project.

The Chinese loan will cover 90% of the £23.039 billion project price, according to DPWH.

SIDC Project Landing Point, also known as Davao City-Samal Bridge, is located on the coast of Costa Marina Beach Resort, which is adjacent to Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort in Barangay Caliclic, Babak District, Samal Island.

On the Davao City side, the landing point is the R. Castillo-Daang Maharlika junction.

The DPWH said the project has a total length of 3.98 kilometers, including the ramps at Davao and the at-grade road and roundabout at Samal, with a width of 24 meters and vertical clearance for navigation up to at 47 meters.

Sadain said the project will increase economic activities in the area when completed. “The project, when completed, can boost economic progress in the Davao region and its adjacent areas,” he said.

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