NEDA BOARD OKS DOTr's HIGH PRIORITY BUS SYSTEM FOR DAVAO CITY



  • Publish Date : 12/5/2019 12:00:00 AM

    The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project (DPTMP) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday, 29 November 2019. Scheduled for implementation from 2020 to 2023, the DPTMP aims to provide an efficient and affordable mode of transport for Davaoeños through the delivery of a modern High Priority Bus System (HPBS). With the HPBS, interconnected bus services will be prioritized along the 137 kilometers core network, and 489 km of feeder routes. The PhP18.66-billion project to be funded through an official development assistance (ODA) includes three components: Public Transport System Improvement, Institutional Capacity Strengthening, and Social Development Program (SDP). The project secured the approval of the NEDA’s Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) on 06 November 2019. The HPBS or the project’s public transport system improvement component will involve the provision of hierarchical, interconnected bus services along major arterial roads, as well as extensive network of feeder services covering the entire urban area. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the DPTMP will help spur and sustain development within and beyond Davao City. “This administration, under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, is all about growth and development. The DPTMP will give Davaoeños and visitors a very efficient mode of transport as it maximizes service coverage that will accelerate economic growth. Growth and development, after all, should cover not just Luzon, but also Visayas and Mindanao,” Secretary Tugade said. Once operational, the HPBS will have 29 bus routes, divided into the following four tiers: MetroDavao (will form the core services that connect all major commercial centers along the five routes); DavaoInter (will run along eight routes connecting the inner urban areas directly to the Davao Central Business District); DavaoFeeder (will run along nine routes linking smaller centers and areas of more dispersed populations to the MetroDavao services); and DavaoLocal (will provide a link between the outer rural areas of the City and main transport system or the integrated terminals). Meanwhile, the project’s institutional capacity strengthening component will involve the provision of support in the planning, implementation, regulation, and monitoring of the public transport system operations, including training of personnel from DOTr, Davao City Government, particularly its City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), Land Transportation Office, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. Likewise, the project’s social development component will involve the provision of support for the transitioning of the current public transport providers and those employed in the sector during the implementation of a modern HPBS in Davao City. For his part, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary and Infrastructure Cluster head Mark Villar said the DPTMP will not only satisfy the transport needs of Davao City, but will also serve as a vital transport link to the rest of the region. “The DPTMP is an important component of the DOTr’s vision, under the helm of Secretary Tugade, to fast-track growth in Mindanao through vital transportation infrastructure that are attuned with the administration’s Build, Build, Build program,” Secretary Villar said. Secretary Vince Dizon, Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, also lauded the take-off of the DPTMP, saying NEDA’s green-lighting of the project will mean better and more efficient transport services for Davao City residents. “This project befits the stature of Davao City as a fast-emerging hub of tourism and investment in the country. It is without doubt that this project, once operational, will help inject more mobility and connectivity into Davao City, both socially and economically,” said Secretary Dizon. ###