Davao Region granted P796M for roads

Posted on September 21, 2015

DAVAO CITY -- Davao Region will get about P796 million next year for five roads that will make tourist destinations more accessible, data from the Department of Works and Highways (DPWH) show.

The biggest portion, P232 million, will help complete a road to connect a highway in the city’s hinterlands to the foot of Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak. An initial P150 million was allocated for the road project, started 19 months ago. It also connects to Arakan in North Cotabato.

Another access point to Mt. Apo will get P200 million on top of its initial P486-million budget two years ago. This road starts in Cogon, Digos City and will also highlight another attraction along the way, the Kapatangan area where several highland resorts are located.

Two road projects in Davao del Norte will get a combined P250 million. One is the completion of the circumferential road in the Island Garden City of Samal and the other a coastal road in Panabo City.

DPWH Regional Director Mariano R. Alquiza said the Samal circumferential road, now about 80% done, is planned for completion by January.

The fifth tourism road project in the region, with a budget of about P114 million, leads to the beaches of Dahican in Mati City, Davao Oriental.

These roads are under the DPWH and Department of Tourism’s (DoT) nationwide convergence program, which lists 40 road projects in the Davao Region, with 11 completed.

“We need these roads to attract more tourists to our region’s tourist destinations as we continue to embark on campaign promotions,” said DoT Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato, Jr. -- Carmelito Q. Francisco