Cruz said DTI also planned to put up a port of international standards in Samal as part of the tourism corridor being developed in the Davao Region.
“What we are looking at is the establishment of a gantry crane and a passenger terminal that will be at par with international standards,” she said.
A fast craft now traverses the route between Davao City and the town of Lupon, Davao Oriental, shortening the travel time between the two destinations to one hour from a previous three-hour travel time.
“This is in line with our bid to showcase Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) as a single window for tourism,” Cruz said.
She said negotiations with the management of Ekran Berhad wre in its final stage, where visitors from all over Asia were expected to converge in the region once the five-star casino resort re-opens its doors. (PNA)