GOLDE LYONN: Exciting Times for Davao City

After almost two years cooped up inside our apartment, following the “Stay Home” advice of city hall to avoid Covid infection, I’m getting used to this “house arrest” and the daily wearing of a surgical mask and face shield whenever I need to go out for groceries and supplies.

But every time I go out for occasional “long walks”— to keep physically fit — I can see the gradual transformation of Davao City into a modern city.

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If you have the chance to visit Claveria, you will no longer see those ugly electric posts with overhanging ugly “spaghetti”black wires.

They are ALL GONE…. All the electric wires were buried underground, a project that took more than a year to finish. Inner streets like Rizal, San Pedro, Barrio Obrero, Claveria, etc are all being bulldozed and turned into CONCRETE streets all over the city, can you believe that ?

You will be pleasantly surprised by what you will “discover’ what’s happening to this city. Claveria now looks almost like Ayala avenue in Makati with no electric posts.

With more new condos rising along this major Davao street, this will look like Ayala avenue by the end of 2022.

Modern high rise buildings can be seen rising like mushrooms along the widened JP Laurel Avenue at Bajada from Gaisano Mall all the way to Abreeza Ayala Mall— the changing Davao landscape will surprise visitors who knew Davao all these years… This will be topped by the start of construction of railways and terminal stations by next month at Carmen, Davao del Norte— the Davao Railway project that will start from Tagum connecting Carmen all the way to Digos, passing by Davao City near the Diversion Road.

Work continues on underground cable project - SUNSTAR

For people in their 70s like me, it’s amazing that this transformation of Davao into a big modern city is HAPPENING RIGHT NOW while we’re still alive and kicking.

We can all see all these happening before our eyes amidst this pandemic which is expected to start waning down by middle of next year….. All our children who are in college now, will benefit from the transformation of our city and the whole country by next year and the years to come.

These are exciting times for Davao.

These are exciting times for the Philippines….

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