Chinese Samal-Davao Bridge Contractor Issues Notice of Lawsuit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/September 07) – Chinese contractor for the Samal-Davao Bridge has been granted a lawsuit notice, more than two months after the Philippines secured a loan from China to build the long-awaited bridge, an official said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The notice to proceed was issued on September 1 to the Chinese contractor of the Samal Island-Davao City (SIDC) connector project. DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain told MindaNews on Wednesday that a geotechnical investigation had started last week for the actual construction of the bridge project.

State-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has been selected as the contractor for the project.

A worker in the People’s Republic of China collects soil samples as part of the geotechnical investigation for the Samal Island-Davao City Connector (SIDC) project along Lanang in Davao City on September 6, 2022. The proposed bridge will be funded by a $350-million loan from the Chinese government. PHOTO MINDANEWS

He said the DPWH has yet to schedule the groundbreaking of the SIDC, also known as the Davao City-Samal Island Bridge Project, as they confirm President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s schedule that will honor the ceremony.

On June 13, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian discussed with then-Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III the Framework Agreement and Loan Agreement signed between the Philippines and China for a loan worth 350 million dollars or 18.67 billion pesos for the bridge project.

The Chinese loan will cover 90% of the £23.039 billion project price, according to DPWH.

The landing point of the SIDC project is located on the coast of Costa Marina Beach Resort, which is adjacent to Paradise Island Park & ​​Beach Resort in Barangay Caliclic, Babak district of Samal Island.

On the Davao City side, the landing point is located at the R. Castillo-Daang Maharlika junction.

The DPWH said the project has a total length of 3.98 kilometers, including ramps from Davao and a sloping road and roundabout at Samal, with a width of 24 meters and vertical clearance for navigation up to at 47 meters.

Sadain said the project will increase economic activities in the area when completed.

“The project, when completed, can boost economic progress in the Davao region and its adjacent areas,” he said.

He added that the project will be completed in 60 months or five years. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)

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