PROVINCIAL BUSES will be restricted from entering the Davao City central area once the six new terminals are constructed alongside the rollout of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS). “The plan is also to limit these provincial buses from entering the city. Ngayon kasi ang lahat ng (Currently, all) provincial buses pumapasok sa (go into the) Davao City Overland Transport Terminal,” Assistant City Administrator Tristan Dwight P. Domingo said in a briefing last week. There will be three major terminals located in Toril, Calinan, and Bunawan, which are near the border areas, while three other smaller depots will be built within the city center. The construction of the bus terminals will be funded from a P650-million city government allocation.
‘WALKABLE CITY’ SURVEY
Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has given the go signal for a survey relating to the establishment of a “Walkable Davao City.” In a statement on Monday, PSA said the survey, proposed by the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office-11 (NEDA-11) and to be conducted by Certeza Infosys Corp., is intended “to gather data that will be used to evaluate the value of walking and walkability in terms of the quality of walking conditions, the degree of walking safety, and comfort and convenience of walking in Davao City.” It will cover three project sites — Ecoland/Matina, Lanang, and Poblacion — involving individual surveys, informant interviews, and focus group discussions. NEDA 11 will use the resulting walkability model in Davao City for the development of “walkable spaces” in other cities in the Davao Region. The survey results are expected to be released in April this year. — Maya M. Padillo