The Department of Public Works and Highways-XI is eyeing major road and drainage projects in Davao City which aims to alleviate traffic and mitigate flooding in the city. A total of P2-billion worth of flood control and drainage projects have been proposed.
Dean Ortiz, DPWH information officer said in a report by the Philippine Information Agency that the funds will be for 91 projects in the region. About 11 of these projects are located in Davao City. These are Davao River flood control works situated in Gem Village, Torres Street and in El Rio Subdivision. And a Matina River flood control which will protect the Davao-Cotabato Road.
The projects are expected to be constructed starting next year.
DPWH-XI Regional Director Mariano Alquiza said that the P150-million coastal road project will be included in the 2017 national budget.
The proposed project will be from Matina Aplaya to Toril and will be implemented in phases. The 2017 budget will contain the funds for the first phase.
The coastal road will help decongest the Davao Cotabato Road providing motorists with alternative routes.
Alquiza however said that they are expecting right-of-way issues as the project will affect settlers living in the shorelines.
Meetings and negotiations are now conducted with the residents affected, project proponents and involved government agencies to settle the issues.
Meanwhile, the completion date of the Davao City Diversion Road Extension project has been reset from April 2016 to December 2016 because also of Road Right of Way (RROW) issues. The project involves a 2.6 kilometer road opening which extends the diversion road from Ulas to Puan.