UDENNA Corporation targets to implement the proposed Davao monorail project and Davao Sasa wharf modernization project in 2020.
In an interview with SunStar Davao, Udenna Infrastructure business development manager Manuel T. Jamonir said the projects are strategic transport infrastructure facilities that would improve the competitiveness of Davao City.
“[This] is because we will have now facilities that provide convenience, efficiency and also, in itself a tourist attraction. At the end of the day, it generates more jobs and improves the lives of the Dabawenyos. These are the outcomes that we want in these projects,” Jamonir said.
Both projects, which are expected to generate more jobs and boost the city’s economy, are still under evaluation.
“One of the challenges we are facing is the process that we have to follow. It is not really a challenge because it is a process. We are just waiting for the review and approval by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda),” Jamonir said.
“We are also preparing the business plans, preliminary designs, while waiting for Neda’s approval,” he added.
The two projects as well as the proposed operation and maintenance and expansion of the Davao Airport are estimated to cost more than P80 billion.
“The Davao airport is already an existing facility so once it is awarded we will be needing to start expanding the existing terminal building,” Jamonir said.
He said additional facilities will be built and necessary improvements introduced to enhance the safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency.