The DAVAO city government is pursuing industrial park development projects with two potential sites, one in the northern and southern parts, already identified, a local official said.
Christian D. Cambaya, Unit Chief of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center, said the property being considered in the north is privately owned while the southern part is under the National Development Corporation (NDC).
The establishment of industrial parks in Davao City has long been under consideration but hampered by budget constraints. There are two accredited agro-industrial parks, a light industry sector and more than a dozen information technology special economic zones.
“We have identified in the north largely industrial areas in Tibungco, Bunawan and these areas are feasible as they are very close to the port of Sasa,” Mr Cambaya said during the Habi at Kape media forum at the Abreeza mall last week.
He noted that proximity to a seaport is one of the requirements for developing a special economic zone.
The private property of 80 hectares is currently planted with coconut palms.
For the 25-hectare NDC property in the south, Cambaya said negotiations were underway.
A pre-feasibility study will be conducted starting this month to determine the specific type of ecozone that would be ideal for the city.
“Pre-FS first, then full FS will be undertaken which is more expensive. But during the pre-FS, at least, we can already identify from a bird’s eye view what kind of park is good for Davao City,” he said.
“By 2023 we can already have full-fledged FS,” he added. — Maya M. Padillo