Friday, August 10, 2018

P85-billion Mindanao Railway Project, Start in January 2019

The legacy project of President Rodrigo Duterte is going to start soon.

The construction of the first phase of the P85-B pesos Mindanao Railway Project that will connect provinces along the Southern part of the Philippines would start in January 2019 and it’s expected to be completed by 2021.

The good news was delivered by Mindanao Railway System (MRS) Project Manager Patricia Melizza B. Ruivivar.

“We hope to finish the right of way (ROW) acquisition along the alignment and the stations by December 2018. We expect to award the winning contractor since this is a design and build contract, also by the end of this year so we can start construction of railway by January next year,” she told Businessworld.

Ruivivar presented the plan to the Davao City council on July 31, citing that President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to MRS operating before his term ends in 2022.

She sought the cooperation of the Local Government Units to hasten the construction of the railways and stations.

“We need the support of the local government units (LGUs) because they will play a big role in the implementation of a project as big as the Mindanao Railway,” she said.

Ruivivar said that only LGUs has the capabilities to negotiate with the owners of the lands that would be affected by the project.

According to the report, the 102-kilometer phase 1 of the MRS has a budget of P36 billion.

MRS is also hoping that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on this new adjustment within August.

Ruivar also showcased the eight stations which will be part of the Phase 1 project: Tagum City, Carmen, and Panabo City in Davao del Norte; Mudiang, central Davao, and Toril in Davao City; and Sta. Cruz and Digos City in Davao del Sur.

Source: Pinoy Trend

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