DPWH Awards Construction of Davao Project
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has awarded the construction for the initial implementation of the Davao Bypass Construction Project to the joint venture group of Shimizu - Ulticon - Takenaka.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, the group will tackle the construction of the contract package 1-1 which covers 10.7 kilometers of four (4) lane highway, including the 2.3 kilometer tunnel at P13.230 Billion in a span of 37 months. He said that when construction is finished, travel time between Brgy. JP Laurel in Panabo City and Brgy. Sirawan in Toril District Davao City will now be 49 minutes instead of the usual 1 hour and 44 minutes - via Davao City Bypass.
Villar also said that this project can bring about economic growth in the area.
As authorized by Secretary Villar, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services Emil K. Sadain, Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo of DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1, and Mr. Makoto Fujii and Mr. Gil P. Manuel of Shimizu - Ulticon – Takenaka Joint Venture signed the agreement.
Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Second Secretary Tomohiro Matsubara, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa, JICA Philippines Senior Representative Kiyo Kawabuchi, and other JICA and Japan embassy officials witnessed the virtual signing.
Undersecretary Sadain says that the most most significant component of the project is the 2.3 kilometer mountain tunnel that running through the mountainous barangay to quicken the drive from the Davao-Digos Intersection of the Pan-Philippine Highway in Toril, Davao City to the intersection of the Davao-Agusan National Highway in Panabo City.
He added that Japanese technology such as excavation techniques for tunnel construction is applied and that Filipino workers can learn from the building of the tunnel.
The project is funded by the Japanese Official Development Assistance which gives the local government a Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) Loan from JICA under Loan Agreement Nos. PH-P261 and PH-P273. Under the STEP loan that promotes the transfer of outstanding Japanese technology and expertise, the main contract is Japan tied but lets a joint venture in addition to the Japanese company.