Marcos leads launch of Davao public transport project

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Marcos leads launch of Davao public transport project
Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista led the ceremonial signing for the civil works contract of the Davao Public Transport Modernization project. Photo from the Presidential Communications Office.
  • President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. led the launch of the P73.4-billion Davao Public Transport Modernization Project
  • The ceremonial signing of the project’s civil works contract was conducted during the event
  • The civil works is expected to begin on the third quarter of 2024
  • The 672-kilometer bus route network project will comprise 29 interconnected routes, featuring 400 articulated battery electric buses and over 500 diesel buses
  • The DPTMP is projected to serve 800,000 passengers daily and generate around 3,000 jobs upon completion

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. led the launch of the P73.4-billion Davao Public Transport Modernization Project (DPTMP) during the 125th founding anniversary of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in Davao City.

The ceremonial signing of the project’s civil works contract was conducted during the event. The civil works is expected to begin on the third quarter of 2024.

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The 672-kilometer bus route network will comprise 29 interconnected routes, featuring 400 articulated battery electric buses and over 500 diesel buses.

“This is more than just the Ceremonial Signing for the Civil Works Contracts for the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project or the DPTMP. It is a strong reaffirmation of our commitment to develop the Davao Region,” Marcos said.

He said the project will not only ease commute, but will also transport the city “to a modern future with certainty.”

Marcos said the DPTMP will provide faster and more comfortable commutes while decongesting streets from private vehicles, improve road traffic and will lessen pollution.

“As a catalyst for lifestyle change, it shows by example that there are feasible alternatives to commuting by private vehicles, that these can be left behind at homes, without having to be late for work, for school or for whatever you need around and about the places that you live,” he added.

He also thanked the Asian Development Bank for believing and investing in the DPTMP.

Upon completion, the project is projected to serve 800,000 passengers daily and generate around 3,000 jobs.

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista expressed confidence that the DPTMP will set a benchmark for urban road projects aiming to transform public transport.