The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, bad weather, and many other factors slowed down the construction of many of the country’s flagship infrastructure projects.

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One year after the Davao City Bypass Road Construction Project’s 10.7-kilometer Contract Package (CP) 1-1 started, it is now making significant progress.

Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) recent project site visit showed a workable area of approximately eight (8) kilometers, including the tunnel portion.


Davao City Bypass Road Project

The Davao City Bypass Road Project is divided into six (6) CPs, with CP 1-1, CP 1-2, and CP 1-3 currently under procurement and supported by a loan arrangement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and CP 2-1, CP 2-2, and CP 2-3 to be paid by the Philippine government.


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Longest road tunnel

The tunnel is part of the 45.5 km Davao City Bypass Road Project. With a length of 2.3 kilometers, the two-tube mountain tunnel will be the country’s longest road tunnel.

DPWH officials are glad as construction in the area progresses.

Construction of a four-lane road, three bridges, two underpasses and overpasses, 12 waterways, and four at-grade intersections are all part of CP 1-1 given to Shimizu–Ulticon–Takenaka joint venture.

To get the job done, the contract costs ₱13.230 billion, and is expected to be done by January 2024.



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Employment and shorter travel time

The tunnel’s development is expected to provide a considerable number of jobs for the Davao City Bypass Road Project, which will use advanced construction techniques and some of the biggest pieces of construction machinery to construct the twin mountain tunnels.

The bypass route will reduce travel time between Toril, Davao City, and northern Panabo City, Davao Del Norte, from one hour and 44 minutes through Maharlika Highway to under 49 minutes.



  • Construction of Strategic Tunnel Project in Davao City Moves. (2021, December 10). Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from

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