Samal resort protests road closure in Davao City for Ironman triathlon

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Passengers board a boat at the private port in Davao City’s Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort in the nearby island of Samal. -- LEAN S. DAVAL, JR.

ONE OF THE MOST popular and accessible resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal is protesting the whole morning closure of a major road in Davao City on March 25, which would affect access to its private port for transporting visitors.

The stretch of J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City from Azuela Cove in Lanang to the border with Panabo City, Davao del Norte would be closed from 3:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao triathlon.

An official of Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort said such closure, which covers the location of their Davao-side port, would mean no operation that Sunday morning, which is usually a peak day for day-tour guests.

“Mawawalan talaga kami ng kita at hindi lang kami (We will lose income, and it’s not just us) but the rest of Samal resorts” as other private ferries as well as the public ferry terminal would also be affected, said Paradise Island Park Assistant Manager Emilio D. Diamante, Jr. in an interview on Monday. He said they are now talking with the Samal local government and the island’s resort owners’ association for an appeal to the sporting event’s organizers. Mr. Diamante said, “Imagine Sunday ito, it’s when business is best.” — Maya M. Padillo