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According to some sources working inside the Davao City Hall, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japanese government and the city government of Davao is now planning to implement a first-of-a-kind project in Mindanao. Sources stated that JICA has offered Davao City to fund the project under a long-term soft loan agreement in the construction of a public transit tunnel.
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Mayor Rody Duterte already confirmed the news and during a gathering with the local media in Davao City, Mayor Duterte revealed that this coming May 2016, a technical team from JICA will be coming to Davao City to discuss the offer.
The local government of Davao City which has an estimated population of 2 million residents are on the planning tage to combat and resolve its worsening traffic woes. Davao City is considered as Southern Mindanao's center of trade and commerce and regional business capital and the solution is no other than a mass transport system.
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Mayor Rody Duterte also stated that the JICA transit tunnel would run parallel to the South Diversion Road (C.P. Garcia Highway), which snakes through part of the city's southern district that has become a fast developing zone for industries and housing. Although Mayor Duterte is pushing on the development of the tunnel, the mayor also revealed that he is also confident that that Light Railway Transit System will push through in Davao City.
Japan to Fund Davao City's First Underground Public Transport System Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 3/19/2016 Rating: