The presence of basic infrastructure within the city such as airport, seaports, roads, bridges, telecommunications, condominiums, malls & first class hotels has sustained the economic growth in the last ten years. Due to the city’s unprecedented growth, a clamor for higher capacity infrastructures resulted to a lot of modernization projects now ongoing to meet the demands of the new millennium.
The Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport) is the busiest airport in Mindanao. Expansion & modernization began in 1998. Today, the new DIA (opened in December 2003) has begun accommodating larger jets such as the Boeing 747, the Airbus A330 & the Airbus A340.
Roads and bridges
Construction of more roads and bridges are also underway. The construction of the City’s third major road – the Buhangin Underpass – was done in the 1st quarter of 2003. The Traffic Management and Computerization Process was also implemented and now regarded as of the most modern in Asia. Davao City is ranked no. five among cities in Asia with better traffic flow based on vehicles per kilometer of city road. The DPWH is also preparing the Master plan for the Expressway Tagum City – Davao City – Cotabato City.
The Port of Davao has government seaports Sasa International Quay & Sta. Ana Domestic Quay & 9 privately owned ports. In addition, the Toril International Fish Port Complex accommodates little & large-scale fishing activities as well as provides among others cold-storage facilities.
Communication links within the key business areas are adequate. With the deregulation & privatization policies of the Philippine government, the number of telecommunications player is projected to increase as well as offer affordable telecommunications services to subscribers/clienteles.
Leading telecommunications companies put facilities in Davao City paving clear connections from & to various destinations in the Philippines & all over the world. The Philippine Long Distance Phone Company (PLDT), Bayan Telecommunications Corporation (Bayantel), Globe Telecom, Smart Communications & Sun Cellular operates vital transmission towers in the city.
Internet service providers
There are six Web Service Providers operating in Davao City offering dial-up, dedicated and DSL types of service. The City has over a hundred Web cafes operating in strategic areas where can surf, chat, play games, send and view e-mails, and engage in e commerce using the latest computer innovation and know-how. Most web cafes in the city forbid watching pornography, website hacking, and letting students in the coursework of class hours.
There are several malls located in the city. Notable malls are SM City Davao, Abreeza Mall, Gaisano Mall of Davao, NCCC Mall of Davao, Gaisano South Mall, Victoria Plaza Mall & Robinsons Cybergate. Another SM City Mall is being constructed in Lanang along J.P. Laurel Avenue. When it opens it will be the 5th mall along this road. The mall is said to be two times bigger than the SM City Davao Mall in Quimpo Boulevard, Ecoland. Abreeza Mall owned by Ayala Land & ANFLOCOR opened last May 12 & as well as a new mall called Starmall (a shopping middle owned by actual estate magnate & politician Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar) will soon raise in the prospering district of Mintal.
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