- 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
- Mindanao project will connect major cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos and Davao
As revealed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the implementation of the 2,000-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project (MRP), which costs about US$9 billion, will kick off next year.
Alvarez made the revelation and said that the Congress is working for the provision of the funding in the General Appropriation Act to be used for the acquisition of the properties for the project, an article written by Roel Pareno on Philippine Star disclosed.
According to Alvarez, the initial phase of infrastructure implementation will start in 2018 adding that the first phase will run 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.
As mentioned by the House Speaker, 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 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 three lines which the Chief Executive vowed to establish are Manila-Nueva Vizcaya, Manila-Sorsogon and Manila-Batangas.
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