DPWH accepts Chinese firm’s bid for Samal-Davao bridge

Chinese Consul General Li Lin of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao disclosed that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has accepted the bid of a Chinese construction company, China Road and Bridge Corporation-Philippine branch, for the Contract for Design and Build for the Samal Island-Davao City (SIDC) Connector Project. 

“The DPWH has accepted the bid of a Chinese construction company, China Road and Bridge Corporation-Philippine branch bid for the design and build using the concession load from China,” Lin said in a text message. 

DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil Sadain earlier said that the Contract for Design and Build is currently being reviewed and perfected by DPWH and this will be submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) as a prerequisite to loan negotiation with Chinese government and the subsequent approval of the loan.

The P23.04 billion bridge, which will span 2.8 kilometers, will be funded through official development assistance. The final bridge landing sites will be in R. Castillo Street, Agdao on the Davao City side and in Barangay Caliclic in Samal.

Apart from SIDC, another China-aid project, which is the building of the Davao River Bucana Bridge, is targeted to start third quarter of this year.

The agreement, which was signed in December last year by the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Republic of the Philippines for the Chinese government to grant approximately $60 million for the Davao River Bridge Project.

Sadain said the agreement implementation is a requirement for the processing of the grant financing. He said once the funds become available, DPWH will procure for a design and build contract.

The two-way four-lane Davao River Bridge will be 477 meters long with the total route’s length of 1,340 meters and is located in the Bucana District at the mouth of the Davao River, spanning over the east and west banks of the river and connecting the coastal roads.

It will be constructed in Barangay 76-A Bucana to connect Segment B of the Coastal Road project from Times Beach to Roxas Avenue.