The START of construction of the Samal-Davao bridge project remains uncertain as loan negotiations with the Chinese government are still ongoing and the acquisition of the right-of-way is still at the appraisal stage, a regional official said. last week.
Maria Lourdes D. Lim, regional director of the Davao National Economic and Development Authority, said the finance ministry submitted an updated loan application on April 26, reflecting a revised funding ratio 90% loan and 10% local funds.
The request was submitted to the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) and the China Eximbank.
“It is in the procurement process as it involves foreign contractors and since this is funded by a loan from China, there will be a process of selecting the contractors who will continue the implementation of this project,” said Ms. Lim at the virtual regional conference. Development Council Forum of the Week.
In January of this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) signed a 19.32 billion pesos contract with a Chinese company for the design and construction of the 3.98 kilometer bridge project that will connect the Samal Island to mainland Mindanao via Davao. City.
China Road and Bridge Corp. won the contract to design and build the project following procurement activities in November and December 2020, the department said in a statement on Jan. 14.
“With the signed contract, we can now apply for the loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China through the China International Development Cooperation Agency to proceed with the detailed engineering design,” said Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar.
Undersecretary Emil Sadain, head of the DPWH’s unified project management office, said the finance department’s revised loan request was simply a matter of “watching it carefully” on the project.
“Negotiation is a process. In progress by rin ang negotiation nor the, from government to government, ”said Mr. Sadain Business world.
At the same time, Ms Lim also said preparatory activities for the right-of-way acquisition were underway and the revised plot plan was still underway as of June 25.
“This plot plan will constitute the technical basis to give a head start to the procurement of the government counterpart and accelerate the action plan of right of way and resettlement for the implementation of this project”, a- she declared.
The distribution of acquisition notices to relevant landowners and property appraisals in Davao City are also underway, she said.
At the groundbreaking ceremony that was expected earlier this year, Ms Lim said, “Let’s just wait for the announcement from DPWH, but for now we can say that this (project) is still on-going. – Maya M. Padillo