THE Regional Development Council (RDC)-Southern Mindanao created a task force that will undertake project studies for the establishment of the Davao Railway System and the Samal Bridge Project.RDC-Southern Mindanao vice chair Nicasio Angelo Agustin, also the regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said: “The project is crucial for the industrial development of the Davao Region.”
Agustin said the Task Force was created after the council’s recent meeting. He said preparatory activities for the implementation of the two projects are now being done.
The proposed railway system will initially traverse the major highways of Tagum City-Carmen-Panabo City-Davao City-Sta. Cruz-and Digos City in Davao del Sur.
These areas, he said, comprise the “linear urban corridor” that serves as the main hub of economic activities and social integration in Davao Region. The cities in the linear urban corridor are also among the major “growth centers” intended to strengthen existing economic zones and market exchange centers.
“Both linear urban corridor and the growth centers are part of the medium-term strategies for development outlined in the Regional Physical Framework Plan of the Region,” Agustin said. The construction of the Samal Bridge will create development in the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos).
The task force is composed of the regional directors of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Neda.
Governors and mayors of the local government units of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Tagum City, Panabo City, Digos City, Davao City, Igacos, and the municipality of Sta. Cruz are also part of the task force.
The private sector, on the other hand, is represented in the Task Force through the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.