BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Ambitious dream projects aiming to further enhance the economic atmosphere are among 22 projects in the ‘wish list’ of Davao City’s Private-Public Partnership (PPP) program.
Among the big ticket projects are the underground railway or subway system, coastal road from Lanang to Toril and an Export Processing Zone (EPZ).
Davao City Investment Promotions Center (DCIPC) head Ivan Cortes said the projects were identified during a ‘brainstorming’ session attended by stakeholders.
The wish list covered a wide range of projects involving among others, the economy, infrastructure and transportation, public buildings, health, sanitation and housing.
Attending the session were representatives from DCIPC, City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc. (DCCCII), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Board of Investments (BOI), National Economic Development Authority (Neda), City Engineer’s Office (CEO), and Davao City Council Committee on Transportation.
The identified projects on economy were the economic zone for processing, manufacturing, and assembly activities; new urban growth zone; trade centers or public markets or food terminal complex; business incubation centers; and utilization of vast tract of agricultural land.
On transportation, the projects are new mixed-use modern airport, underground railway or subway system, mono rail transit system, intermodal regional transportation system, public transport system, and coastal road from Lasang to Toril.
Projects for public buildings are: a new city hall, government service centers, urban area sidewalk master development, mixed-used waterfront development, Sta. Ana Wharf development, sports complex and recreational center, cultural centers, and theme parks or amusement parks.
Projects for social concerns are the solid waste management model system project, geriatric hospital, and tenement housing for informal settlers in the central business district.
Cortes said the projects would be endorsed for prioritization to the PPP Board headed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.