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.
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.