By Charissa M. Luci-Atienza
Davao Oriental Rep. Joel Mayo Almario has filed a bill calling for the construction of a skyway in Davao City.
Under House Bill 6069 or the proposed Davao City Skyway Act, Almario sought the creation of a four-lane Davao City Skyway, which will traverse the distance covering Barangays Bunawan, Panacan and Tibungco.
“Heavy traffic is a nationwide problem. It has pervaded all the major cities and highways including Davao City and its neighboring provinces. This bill seeks to address the traffic congestion problem in Davao City,” Almario said.
He said the skyway will provide vehicles an alternative route that will allow them to avoid the heavy congestion caused by the influx of people and automobiles in these zones.
“This will effectively solve the traffic problems within the city, and shorten the travel time not just of the people of Davao City, but also those of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Agusan and other adjacent provinces who traverse the roads of Davao City to get to their respective provinces,” he said.
House Bill 6069 provides that necessary entry and exit points shall also be provided with the aim of decongesting land traffic in known commercial and industrial areas.
The necessary amount needed for the construction of the skyway shall be included in the General Appropriations Act of the year following the enactment of the proposed Davao City Skyway Act, the bill said.