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A public transportation scheme is expected to improve connectivity on Samal Island.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – To improve connectivity in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) in Davao del Norte, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Davao Region (LTFRB-11) has designed a Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP).

The proposal has already satisfied the standards for public transportation planning in the island city, according to LTFRB-11 Regional Director Nonito Llanos III.

“Four new developmental roads have now materialized: Poblacion Babak-Poblacion Katipunan via Babak-Samal-Kaputian Road; Poblacion Babak-Kinawitnon via Circumferential Road [Loop]; Talicud Island Circumferential Road (Loop); and Peaplata-Poblacion Kaputian via Cawag-Adecor,” Llanos stated.

On June 6, Mayor Al David Uy and Vice Mayor Richard Guindolman delivered the LPTRP Notice of Compliance (NOC) to the island city.

Meanwhile, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III stated that the IGACOS streamlined route was only appropriate for a “major tourism attraction in Davao Region.”

“It invites and obligates us to make our land public transportation that is both environmentally friendly and capable of addressing people’s mobility,” Delgra said.

According to Llanos, the first 15 updated units will be allowed to travel the four newly created routes.

The IGACOS is only two kilometers away from this city and may be reached by ferry.

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