PBBM, VP Sara extend gratitude to PRRD, Sen. Villar for multi-billion-peso SIDC Project

PBBM, VP Sara extend gratitude to PRRD, Sen. Villar for multi-billion-peso SIDC Project

By Rjhay E. Laurea

DAVAO CITY — President Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Sara Duterte on Thursday expressed their gratitude to former President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, through the former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary and now Senator Mark Villar, for the materialization of the Samal Island-Davao City Connector (SIDC) Project.

This transpired as they joined the stakeholders in the groundbreaking of the P23.039-billion, ultra-modern and highly-anticipated connector bridge.

“We would like to thank the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and Sec. Mark Villar for the initial stages and preparation for Samal Island-Davao City Connector, and we would like to thank the admin of President Bongbong Marcos Jr. for the support and the continuity of the project for Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal,” Duterte told the media.

The vice president also said the Samal-Davao bridge will answer the long-time dream of the people.

“It’s very important because it will be a showcase of two administrations, two Presidents. This bridge has been a topic of discussion since the 1960s when my grandfather was still governor of the undivided Davao Region. It’s very important politically, economically, and, of course, socially here in Davao Region,” she added.

The P23-Billion bridge, funded through a loan agreement between the Philippines and the Chinese Government, will be constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation.

The SIDC Project will span 3.98 kilometers, with a width of 24 meters and a height of 73 meters. It will connect the two cities from Samal Circumferential Road in Barangay Limao to R. Castillo — Daang Maharlika road in Davao City traversing Pakiputan Strait. This will cut the travel time between the cities to 4.5 minutes from the usual 30 minutes.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of the Philippines His Excellency Huang Xilian also attended the ceremony.

The construction of the bridge, which features four-lane two-way roads, is expected to be finished by 2027. (ai/mtvn)

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