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Realignment of Davao-Samal bridge project sought to save reef
« on: October 15, 2022, 12:14:07 PM »
Realignment of Davao-Samal bridge project sought to save reef
By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV - JULY 20, 2022 5:34 PM


(Updated) SAMAL ISLAND (MindaNews / 20 July) – The Rodriguez family, operator of resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), asked President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to review the “wrong alignment” of the multi-billion Samal Island-Davao City Connector (SIDC) as the current landing point on the Samal side would “kill” the Paradise Reef.

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The landing point of the SIDC project, also known as the Davao City-Samal Bridge, is situated on the coast of Costa Marina Beach Resort, which is adjacent to Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort in Barangay Caliclic, Babak District of Samal Island.
 
Both resorts are owned by the Rodriguez family.

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Rodriguez added that the family is willing to donate another property, Caliclic Beach Resort, located about a kilometer away from Paradise Island, as an alternative site for the Davao-Samal Bridge project’s landing point as its coast no longer has a coral reef capable of supporting a diverse marine ecosystem.

“Just to be very clear, we do not oppose the bridge. In fact, we are for the bridge. What we are requesting is for the realignment of the bridge. In fact, the family has chosen a site, which is right after the Bridgeport which we were going to donate for the bridge,” she said.

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