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10 Projects in Davao City to look forward to

Check out these 10 projects below, and please don't forget to share us in the comments which project/s you are most excited about.

10. Construction of flyovers in Ulas, Matina, and Panacan
For a person that needs to dwell with heavy traffic during peak hours in Ulas and Matina crossings everyday like me, this development is a very welcome. I've been hearing rumors about these projects since last year and I'm glad that it's now officially underway.

These flyovers will only be two-lane and will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The projects are expected to decongest traffic in the said areas and benefit people coming from Toril, Matina, and Calinan where lots of people go to the city proper everyday for school and work, and where most of the city's agricultural products come from.

9. Aboitiz Coal-fired Power Plant
Though controversies, questions, and skepticism are associated with this project, it can't be denied that this can help Mindanao solve its power dilemmas. Some areas in the island have been experiencing rotational brownouts for a while now and the situation is not getting any better.

Though Davao City has been spared from brownouts, at least for now, this project will definitely help secure the city's future as myriad investments are coming in the city and power is a vital concern.

8. Metro Davao Medical and Research Center
The Metro Davao Medical & Research Center (MDMRC) is a tertiary hospital with hotel amenities that is set to open in the 3rd quarter of 2012. The center, which used to be the Cuizon Hotel, is located along J.P. Laurel Avenue just adjacent to the Davao Light & Power Company office.

Judging from its name, the center will (or maybe) also house a research facility. We don't have that much medical research centers here in Davao City, so for me this is a great addition.

Isn't it exciting to be admitted in a hospital that doesn't really feel like a hospital but rather a hotel? Very exciting! How lush this hotel-like-hospital will be? We are yet to know.

7. SMX Convention Center Davao
Located at the 3rd level of the soon-to-open SM Lanang Premier Mall in Davao City, SMX Convention Center Davao will be launched in the third quarter of this year. It boasts of 4,745 square meters fully-carpeted function room space and can accommodate from 25 to 5,000 persons or up to 380 exhibit modules.

This will be the first SMX outside Manila, and will be the largest privately-owned and managed convention center in the Southern part of the Philippines.

This will also be the venue for the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) Conference 2013 happening on February 27 to March 3 next year.

6. Davao City, IBM collaborate to build smarter city
IBM and the Davao City government announced an agreement to help the city scale-up its existing Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) by integrating city operations into a single system, infused with advanced technologies, to further enhance public safety operations in the city.

Using IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center (IOC), the PSSCC will create a centralized dashboard view that will allow the city to monitor events and operations in real time. This comprehensive view will enable officials to better predict and plan for potential issues.

Source: Sunstar

5. Ateneo Community Center and Sports Center

Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) is set to construct its 12-storey community center which will be the the tallest educational building in Davao City when completed.

The community center will possess 12 levels and will be devoted mainly to the faculty and staff of the university. Solar panels will be placed on the community center’s roof deck to power the lighting of the building and ceiling fans for the ventilation of the entire building. A communications tower will also be present on the building’s roof. The sports center and assembly hall, which will be built beside the community tower, will house eight levels and include athletic facilities including three basketball courts and locker rooms, with a plan of expansion to include two more courts and a fitness area for dance classes and the like.

AdDU sets aside P865 million for the entire project which sought to not only benefit the university students but also the community.

The center will rise on the corner of Roxas Avenue and Padre Zamora Street while the Sports Center and Assembly Hall will be located along Jacinto Street. The construction of the two buildings is to be completed within 18 to 24 months’ time.

Sources: Edgedavao.net, Skyscrapercity.com

4. Matina I.T. Park - Asia Convention and I.T. Center
The biggest information technology (IT) park in Mindanao will soon rise near NCCC Mall in MacArthur Highway, Matina to accommodate more BPOs that could produce 1,500 call center agents and other allied service workers. At least three buildings, all with four floors, will be constructed at the park.

ICT Davao is promoting four IT areas in the city---Damosa IT Park, SM City Davao, Abreeza Mall and soon, the Matina IT Park.

The Matina IT Park is a project of Plaza de Luisa Development Inc.

3. SM Lanang Premier

Davao City's newest and second SM Mall is set to open next month, reports say. The new mall, which is located at the northern part of the city, has a total land area of 100,000 square meters. It has a four-level structure built with a modern design inspired by the origami. It has a gross floor area of almost 145,000 square meters and a gross leasable area of approximately 84,000 square meters.

The new mall will carry some of the best features of existing SM Premier malls.

The Skygarden, which is located at the property's façade, will have restaurants amid a lush garden with refreshing water features. Inside the mall is the Flat Café, floating above the ground and offers a vast view of The Atrium. The mall’s Ground Level will house international retail brands like Forever 21, as well as key SM retail anchors, SM Supermarket, SM Department Store.

At the rear section of the mall will be a strip of restaurants both at the ground and second level overlooking the sprawling outdoor event area called The Park. Also on the second level are 6 Digital Theaters (including SM Center Stage), the IMAX Theatre, the SM Bowling Center, and the Science Discovery Center. The mall's third floor will house the SMX Convention Center Davao.

Sources: Sunstar.com.ph, SM Lanang Premier page

2. Aeon Towers

It is a 34-storey high-end condominium project located along J.P. Laurel, Avenue, Bajada. Touted as Davao City's most iconic building once completed, Aeon Towers will posses myriad of world-class facilities one of them is a garden deck with an infinity pool similar to that of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The P2.5-billion high-rise mix-use building is being developed by the FTC Group of Companies, a Davao-grown company.

When the news about this development broke, it drew many skeptics pressing the firm's capability to materialize such an ambitious project, but FTC have proven them all wrong. The project is now in full swing infact, its construction is set to commence in January next year.

I have personally been to their showroom in Bajada, the same area where the tower will be constructed, and all I can say is... Wooow!

1. Completion of the City's Drainage Projects
Among the projects that are currently under development, this is the project that I'm really excited about and for sure will directly benefit the Dabawenyos. For ages now, when heavy rain pours, some areas in the city easily gets flooded; sometimes making roads impassable especially those in the downtown area.

It seems like the long wait will be over real soon. According to news reports, the city government of Davao is set to complete its nine drainage projects this year. Among these projects include drainage improvements in flood prone areas such as Ponciano, Quimpo Boulevard, Royal Valley, Jade Valley and Matina Pangi.

The whole project costs P54-million and was part of the P546-million Supplemental Budget I passed by the City Council in 2011.

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    1. Davao City is really wanderful! Hehe Thanks for reading ry. :)

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  2. First and foremost, Davao needs to recognize the importance of urban planning. Without careful consideration of mobility, social inclusion/interaction, transport networks, environmental impacts, urban sprawl, migration patterns and other dimensions of development, these projects would account for more negative consequences instead of positive outcomes. Davao needs a more proactive approach to planning...

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    1. Hi Rowee, thanks for your comment! For sure urban planning is already on the minds of our current local leaders. I've been able to read something about these notions for a while now but wasn't able to track its development though. With the leaders DC currently has, I personally believe that our LGU can deliver. Let's just wait for a little while and see what our leaders have prepared for us, since everything can't be done in a snap naman. So far, I think DC is on the right track. Hehe Happy Kadayawan sayo! :)

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    2. Davao has already recognized the importance of urban planning even way back. As i have heard, the zoning ordinance is effective already. But it can't just easily implement it and re/move existing building, infrastructures, and housing as planned. The local government of Davao doesn't want to risk the lives of its citizens just for this plan. All it can do is apply it for new and future structures and ensure the relocation and livelihood for the affected people which is the most challenging part. The leaders of Davao is not dumb to just put structures or anything without careful planning :)

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  3. Excited to hear about the convention center at SM and the IT park. It's these types of projects that will bring in more businesses, more jobs, and more money for Davao. The more we can promote Davao as a cost-efficient and effective outsourcing destination, the more foreign dollars we can get in to help the city and improve the infrastructure which is badly needed...

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    1. Hi Mr. Cooke, thanks for your comment! :) Uhm... I think I have already seen you personally, at the Social Media Day Davao last month. Hehe And yes, these facilities will surely draw more companies to locate into the city thus will provide more jobs for the locals. And for me, that's more than amazing!

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    2. Yes Mr. Justin. we are looking forward on the improvements of BPO industry in the PHILIPPINES.Anyway, if you need my assistance here in Davao just feel free to contact me +639421012404. Thank you for supporting Davao City. May you invite more investors as well to visit and somehow make a good business with our Local Government Unit in Davao City. Just to inform you, I am not from the local government, I am a private employee with concern in out society and to your country as well.

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  4. I don't understand why everybody is so caught up with the idea that urbanization is the only way...Davao have so much potential for agricultural business...for the love of god, we export fruits not just all over the Philippines, but to other countries as well...we already have a rich agricultural land...why ruin it by placing "I.T. parks...and Malls...and I'm sorry, but condominiums with the same price as a 100 sqm house and lot????? seriously!!? Instead of concentrating on how to fill our city with "city lights" why not invest more in tapping the natural resources and invest again on how to protect these resources for future purposes.Most students go to college hoping to get a better life..and this is what the current generation is preparing them??? to be a call center agent??? don't get me wrong,I don't despise these people,but we all have to admit that being a call center agent isn't forever.Instead of bending over to the current norms...why not invest in real money...agricultural businesses may cost millions...excuse me....BILLIONS...but just imagine how big the scope of that project??? its a thousand folds!! Davao has so much to offer....agricultural wise...I hope the higher ups would consider other options...

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for your sensible comment, I perfectly understand where you're coming from. And I agree, DC has a big potential Agricultural-wise given that we don't really experience absurd weather disturbances here. I think the funding is what we lack. Remember, only a part of the city's total income gets back to us, the rest goes to the nat'l. government. Our LGU doesn't have the choice but to rely on private investors. Good thing is, our LGU is continually luring them in. ;)

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    2. I understand that you don't understand anything about urbanization and having a great city like Davao. But what are you really thinking about having agricultural businesses within the city?! Do you know that those I.T. parks and Malls that you are talking are built in the heart of the city? and most of them aren't ruining any agricultural land but only previous structures and vacant lots. Or Seriously, are you telling us to plant bananas and pineapples in Ecoland or in Bajada which I doubt you knew about the place??? You also said, students go to college hoping to get a better life...are you saying that all of them are agricultural students? Think dude. You can't even post using your name. Agricultural businesses in and outside Davao are already well situated in the outskirts of the city. Peace, but I don't think you have a point. Davao is a very big city that it can handle both being highly urbanized and having agricultural businesses like what it has now...and that is real money like what you are saying. FYI: Davao is currently the fastest growing and the one of the richest city in the country even exceeding Cebu and most cities of NCR and we love to keep it that way :)

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  5. I think road widening and drainage system should be the top priority. Although, these proposed projects seems like a sweet offer, we should now what the real priority is.

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  6. Will we expect na wala ng informal settlers sa tabi ng mga ilog after 5 or 10 years? Urban planning please! Ang pangit kung magiging manila na naman ang mangyayari sa mahal naming Davao... NO TO MANILA SETTING...

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  7. do you have any info about the avida towers (claveria) and s&r davao (adjacent to the matina IT park)???

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    1. Hi there, yes we do! We'll try to feature them here on WD in the future. You might wanna subscribe to us? You can find the subscription links at the upper right corner of our site. Thank you! :)

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  8. The coal plant is not the kind of project we should be impressed with or excited about. That's why it's stirring controversy because it can do more damage than good. The ill effects of this coal plant can manifest later which can produce great devastation in this city. A city that is once proud of being "green" and beautiful will transform into an ugly, unhealthy, ridiculously troubled place unsafe for all its residents. You know, once this plant is constructed, regret comes later.

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    1. Moreover, the Pulangi river system is still unsaturated when it comes to being a power source. The Pulangi hydro 6 is still pending though some problems need to be resolved. The pulangi river btw is just at the back of Davao City.

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    2. If you trust our leaders, you just can't think that they easily approved this coal plant without prior investigation and etc. As I have heard, the city has sent people (including city officials) to study and observe existing coal plants of other countries. And of course they know about its negative effects, and to counter most of these effects the coal plant company agreed to allocate hectares of land for buffer zones and must follow every safety and environmental standards. We can't always think negatively, we must should instead think for its advantages and look upon on how to counter those negative consequences. We can't always run from our fears.

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    3. Damn right!!!I agree with Bree..

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    4. damn right! I agree with you Bree.

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    5. The funny thing is that there were many proposals for power production, but almost every proposal was deemed a potential environmental risk. Even dams are protested and deemed hazardous. Mindanao, as a growing region, needs power. That fact cannot be denied and power needs swelled up to the point where known (and very costly) environmental friendly means such as solar panels or wind turbines won't cut it. As of now, the most economical way is either the coal plant or dams. My take on this is that the coal plant isn't one the brightest ideas, but the development of dams might just answer our needs that bring less consequences.

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  9. too small and there's nothing to be excited about it. Walang kabuhay-buhay

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  10. i will be still keep on my hopes and dreams that someday, Davao City will become a premiere city like that of Singapore....

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  11. proposals 8 and 10 are nice. 9 though, I doubt that is a good idea. Hopefully, hindi tayo maging katulad ng manila. I stayed there for 2 years. when I got back home, for the first time in my life, I appreciated that my city is not as urbanized as manila. Davao is improving. this is indeed good news.

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  12. I am not looking forward to the coal plant :( It is one of the biggest pollutants of the environment. I agree about the agricultural comment - when people ask me about my hometown, I always say it is the fruit basket of my country. The next wave of development should be sustainable, and should consider the environment. We don't need another urban jungle. Stay green Davao!

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  13. more call centers for southern Mindanao, it's Davao

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  14. Before anything else, pwede unahin muna ang drainage projects? But still, looking forward to what's ahead for Davao City :) And sana we'll actually have enough resources to make these projects true!

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  15. Whatever it is... Davao needs those projects and get those hopeless,jobless individuals go to work... Davao City's populatiOn is get'n bigger and bigger every year yet only few companies can provide them a job... So i guess this urbanization project is awesome!!! I work here in Japan coz i cant find a good job in my home town though i devote myself dearly to obtain two College Degrees still Davao Cant provide me the salary i've wanted that's just for my credentials.. So i decided to work abroad and be away with my family and friends (thats the sad part) i wish davao could give more jobs to its residents so that they dont have to go this far...

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  16. NO TO COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT in Davao!

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    1. then its better to have a rotating brown outs throughout the city.

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    2. Right! No to this Coal-fired! Is it not alarming what is happening nowadays? the climate change? aren't any alarmed by it??This is due to the extensive and long use of the likes of that coal-fired plant! Then what to save then??? Surely there must be a better solution. This is not a solution at all. I consider this a major prob, not only to human but especially to the environment. Very bad....

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  17. You forgot about S&R Warehouse Club being built near NCCC, Matina.

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  18. This shortlist contains 10 improvements for Davao; the one stronger then the other. But I am missing one thing. The recreational function of the sea! You can't just go to the sea, stroll the boulevard and watch the sunset... The coastline is fully occupied by docks, fabrics and go so on. This causes economic growth on one hand but on the other hand it causes pollution and it takes away recreational/touristic possibilities. In my opinion Davao should invest at the seaside. The liveability of Davao City will increase rapidly and the image of Davao as city will be intensified positively.

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  19. More malls, parks, restaurants/bistros, and recreational centers, LALO na 'yung mga a la Bonifacio High Street na park, for Davao aron mahimong "Leisure City of the South/Philippines" or "Beverly Hills of the Philippines" ang Davao. Hahahaha XD

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  20. Wow. I hope the IT Park near NCCC Mall is stillon! Nice see you at Bloggers Royale :)

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    1. It was also great seeing you there Mr. Rice! Also, thanks for the feature in your vlog. Haha :)

      I'm looking forward to seeing you and your wife in the future DB events. :D

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  21. Nice updates information for the City of Davao. Any news on up coming projects in Toril, Lubogan?

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  22. Seriously, I'm looking forward for the improvement of Davao City's drainage system. Whenever it rains, a city-wide wave pool sprouts in the metro --- not a good thing...

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  23. #9 They are really gonna pursue it??? In spite of the climate change that's been happening which is really obvious???Then what to save then? Hopefully they will think of this matter more seriously. :( Please, please please!!!

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  24. Is there any updated bout the 3 flyover projects? road widening is much more important project that our local government should think first , there's traffic everywhere in the city , hope that our city have plan also to put up project like NLEX and SLEX in Manila , this project can ease trapic jam in this city

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  25. Davao City should stay agricultural. also, flyover projects are so overrated, everyone should hear how Cebuanos are fighting against the building of flyovers. leave urbanization to already established urban centers like manila, makati, and cebu. Let us maintain the natural resources of Davao.

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