Under Duterte presidency
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Major multi-billion peso infrastructure projects proposed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for Davao City that were mothballed may be realized if the mayor makes it to Malacanang in the May elections.
As Duterte, a strong contender in the presidential race, would make infrastructure development as a priority focus of his administration if elected President, Davao City would also be lucky to see the proposed projects take off the ground, according to Peter Lavina, spokesman of the standard bearer of the opposition Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Laban.
Duterte has said infrastructure development is the key to industrialization that could push the country’s economic development.
Davao City, the whole of Mindanao and the rest of the country will benefit from this infrastructure development agenda of Duterte, said Lavina.
Among others, Lavina said the underground transport system for Davao City proposed in a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) may see the light under a Duterte presidency.
A Korean company has also proposed a study and to undertake the Davao City Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
Both are seen as the long-term solution to vehicular traffic woes of the city considered as Mindanao’s fastest growing metropolis.
The JICA study on the underground system of tunnels has been in limbo since its submission by the Japanese agency in 2014.
The proposed LRT project on the other wad stalled due to various requirements by the National Economci Development Agency (NEDA).