While most of the news we hear about infrastructures and road constructions comes from the National Capital Region (NCR), the administration is equally implementing projects in other parts of the Philippines. 

And one of the locations the government is pouring in funding for such plans is the region of Davao in Mindanao. 

The region consists of five provinces – Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao Occidental, as well as the urbanized city of Davao.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways, a total of 1,952 kilometers of roads, 345 bridges, 437 flood mitigation structures, and 13,485 classrooms have been completed under the Build! Build! Build! Program and more are on the way. 

Here are some of them: 

1. Tagum City Flyover

Status: Ongoing

Photo from DPWH Region XI

Once finished, the 1.6-kilometer Tagum City Flyover will ease congestion on Daang Maharlika or Agusan-Davao Road and Surigao del Sur-Davao Road. It’s placed strategically in the heart of Tagum City and will cater to the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao Oriental. 

2. Samal Island-Davao City Connector Project

Status: Ongoing

Photo from the DPWH

The pathway will span a total of 3.86 kilometers once built and will connect the Island Garden City of Samal to Davao City across the Pakiputan Strait. 

3. Samal Circumferential Road

Status: Ongoing

Photo from Samal Bahay Kubo

The DPWH signed a P19.32-Billion official contract with China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in January of this year for the infrastructure. The agency will now proceed with the road’s detailed engineering design and will apply for funding through the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA). 

It’s part of the bigger Samal Island-Davao City Connector Project.

4. Davao City Diversion Road Extension to Toril, Bangkal-Talomo-Puan Section

Status: Ongoing

Photo from DPWH Region XI

When completed, this extension will ease traffic on Barangay Talomo Road. It’s expected to reduce travel time to Toril Road to only 15 minutes, a significant decrease from the usual 30-minute trip.

5. Davao City Metropolitan Bike Lane Network

Status: Ongoing

Photo from the City Government of Davao

The Davao City Metropolitan Bike Lane Network, which spans 43 kilometers will be finished before 2021 ends. And once available, it will boost alternative transportation in the city. 

So far, 1.56 kilometers have already been installed along Roxas Boulevard, 4.80 kilometers along Davao-Cotabato Road, 1.50 kilometers along Quezon Boulevard, and 1.11 kilometers along Sandawa Road.

6. Matanao-Padada-Kiblawan Road

Status: Ongoing

Photo from DPWH Region XI

Spanning a total of 58.554-kilometer, the expressway’s route will traverse Junction Padada, Colonsabac, Datal Fitak and end at Columbio, Kiblawan in Davao Del Sur. 

The road project will also include the construction of four bridges with a total length of 150-meters.

7. Mt. Apo – Balutakay Waterfalls Access Road

Status: Completed

Photo from Ruben Manahan via Carmudi

The newly opened 19.987-kilometer road will make it easier for travelers to go to Mt. Apo and the Balutakay Waterfalls. It connects Davao-Cotabato Road and Bansalan-Cotabato Road to the local roads of Bansalan.

8. Tagum-Liboganon River Revetment

Status: Ongoing

Photo from DPWH

Once finished, the Tagum-Liboganon River Revetment will help prevent flooding in the low-lying communities situated along the river. 

9. Davao City Coastal Road 

Status: Ongoing

Photo from Love Radio’s Official Website

The 18.5-kilometer thoroughfare will cut travel time from Toril to Downtown to just 15 minutes instead of the usual 45-minute trip. The road is expected to benefit 7,500 motorists daily once available. 

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