The implementation of Mindanao Railway Project will start next year according to Philippines’ House of Representatives Speaker, Pantaleon Alvarez.
The details of the massive and useful infrastructure are as follows:
§ Project involves construction of the 2,000-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) which costs about US$9 billion will kick start next year.
§ Congress is working for the provision of funding in the General Appropriation Act to be used for the acquisition of properties for the project.
§ The new railway system will link major cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos and Davao.
§ The feasibility of the project has been completed by JICA, according to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and will be presented to the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) by the third quarter of this year.
According to Alvarez, the initial phase of infrastructure implementation will initiate in 2018 adding that the first phase will construct the railway link from Davao del Sur to Davao del Norte.
In addition to this, Alvarez said the second phase will be from Davao del Norte to Butuan City, while the third phase will start from Butuan to Cagayan de Oro. The fourth phase, he noted, will be from Cagayan de Oro to Iligan and Zamboanga peninsula.
The House Speaker also mentioned that the loop from Cagayan de Oro passing Cotabato to Davao will complete the rail system in Mindanao.
Earlier, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) reported that the feasibility study of the MRP has been completed and is set to be presented to the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) by the third quarter this year.
Three countries namely Malaysia, Japan and China are interested to build the railway system, the NEDA stated.
Considered as one of the four major and massive railway systems which President Rodrigo Duterte promised to build, the Mindanao project will connect major cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos and Davao.
The other infrastructure projects which the Chief Executive vowed to establish are:
· Luzon Spine Expressway Network which include the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expessway, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), STAR Toll. Manila-Nueva Vizcaya, Manila-Sorsogon, and Manila-Batangas.
· Mega Manila Subway Project – that will be constructed using the .Japanese tunneling expertise
· Other railways:
o Philippine National Railway (PNR) North Railway – connecting Manila and Clark
o PNR South Railway – two components – one connecting Manila and Calamba and Los Banos in Laguna the other is Manila to Bicol.
o Subic-Clark Cargo Rail – will connect Subic Port with Clark Airport to help facilitate goods and decongest ports in Manila.