Proposed bridge to boost Samal economy

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


THE establishment of the Samal Bridge is seen to stir the economic development of Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), said Regional Development Council (RDC) chair Gov. Rudolfo del Rosario.

"It must be noted that the high poverty situation in the Davao Gulf are significantly attributed to poor physical connectivity, under-developed industrial estates and untapped growth potentials. The projects, among others, are meant to address these challenges, particularly the connectivity concern," said del Rosario in his keynote message during the National President's Night of the Ambassadors Club Philippines National Conference at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao.

This plan and the proposal on Davao Gulf Integrated Port Complex combine are expected to alleviate poverty in the region, according to RDC and National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

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"Linking Davao City to the Igacos through the proposed bridge is the most effective way to tap the island's potentials," he said.

He said Samal is one of the prime tourism destinations in the region, recording a total arrival of 375,468 tourists last year.

If the proposed bridge construction pushes through, Del Rosario said it will allow them to push for more developments in Igacos, even position Talikud Island as a major tourist destination in the region.

"Delivery of interventions and services to the island has been laborious. Development is slow because of accessibility issues. The most viable solution which we already laid down before our national planners is the construction of the bridge connecting Samal Island to Davao City. We expect that trip to Talikud then would be a walk in the park," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 02, 2014.

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