Drilling rigs collect soil samples as part of the site invesitigation for the much-awaited P23-billion Davao City-Samal Island Bridge which is said to start construction next in 2021 according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. (Keith Bacongco)

Is the ongoing ‘technical investigations’ for the Davao-Samal bridge a sign that the much-awaited project would be finally materialized ? Even as the the Department  of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that the construction of bridge project will start early 2021, some people are still in doubt until a single post would be erected.

Even Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio had said in jest that she will commit suicide if the bridge project will not push through.

A drilling rig collects soil samples along the highway in Lanang area of Davao City as part of the site invesitigation for the much-awaited P23-billion Davao City-Samal Island Bridge which is said to start construction next in 2021 according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. (Keith Bacongco)

The Davao-Samal bridge was first conceptualized in the 1970s. For many years, it has remained a dream for those who are pushing for this project.

But the Rodriguez clan, who owns the Paradise and Costa Marina beach resorts in Samal Island, wanted to realign the bridge as it will damage the rich marine life in the shores of Samal.

Screenshot of the proposed Davao-Samal Bridge. 

The Project Description Report states that:  “The alignment of the project will be positioned between the Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, and Costa Marina Beach Resort, as well as proximal to the Mercado Subdivision which are the indirect impact areas in IGaCoS. In Davao City, the indirect impact areas are Azuela Cove and South Bay Lumber Co. Inc. that are located south of the proposed alignment. The properties directly affected by the alignment are the Rodriguez Clan Property from the IGaCoS side while on Davao City’s side, those directly impacted are Modern Times Enterprises Inc.”

We’ll see next year.