Business World - - The Nation - — Maya M. Padillo

On the Davao City side, Coun­cilor Pi­lar C. Braga also said the is­suance of an ECC needs ap­proval from the lo­cal govern­ment. She also ques­tioned the im­pact of the struc­ture on de­clared marine sanc­tu­ar­ies in the city’s Sasa area. She called for a pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore the city coun­cil by the project’s pro­po­nents. “The city coun­cil in the Davao side is very con­cerned about the en­tire is­sue. We would like to be en­light­ened with some more in­for­ma­tion… We would like to have a win-win align­ment so­lu­tion for the en­vi­ron­ment and the bridge,” Ms. Braga said. On the other hand, Mr. Sadain said in an on­line pub­lic hear­ing last week that DPWH al­ready se­cured res­o­lu­tions from the cor­re­spond­ing de­vel­op­ment coun­cils of Davao City, Sa­mal, and Davao re­gion. He also cited the study un­der­taken by Ga­le­rio En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­sul­tancy, hired by Ove Arup and Part­ners Hong Kong Ltd., in­di­cat­ing that no sig­nif­i­cant coral reefs will be af­fected by the bridge align­ment. The P23.04 bil­lion bridge, which will span 2.8 kilo­me­ters, will be funded through of­fi­cial de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance. Start of con­struc­tion was orig­i­nally planned to start this year, but has been moved to 2021.

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