A new study on the strategic railway development for Mindanao is expected to be completed before the end of this year, a ranking official of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) said last week.

 

Guiling A. Mamondiong, undersecretary for railways, said the study component includes full-scale feasibility studies for the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan corridor; a pre-feasibility study for the Cagayan de Oro-Davao-General Santos City line; and technical assessment of the Iligan City-Zamboanga City line.

 

 “The duration of the study will be 10 months,” he said in an interview.

 

The initial plan of the Transportation agency was to connect Davao City, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, Marawi, Pagadian, and Dipolog via the railway system.

 

While Mr. Mamondiong did not cite figures, he had estimated in June last year that the project will cost between $800 million-$1 billion, compared to the $700-million estimate floated when it was first proposed in the Ramos administration.

 

The government had already approached Poland, Saudi Arabia and Spain for development assistance, he had said.

 

President Gloria M. Arroyo in June of last year formed the Mindanao Railways Project Policy and Coordinating Committee, designating Transportation Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza, Public Works Sec. Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. and Budget Sec. Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. as members. House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles (Davao City, 1st District) was named adviser.

 

The planned railway consists of a criss-crossing network of lines linking Cagayan de Oro to Iligan, Iligan to Zamboanga City, and Cagayan de Oro to Agusan and Surigao, as well as extensions to Davao and General Santos cities. The first phase of the project consists of a 120 kilometer stretch of railway that will pass through the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Industrial Corridor.

 

 

 

 

 

A new study on the strategic railway development for Mindanao is expected to be completed before the end of this year, a ranking official of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) said last week.

 

 

 

Guiling A. Mamondiong, undersecretary for railways, said the study component includes full-scale feasibility studies for the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan corridor; a pre-feasibility study for the Cagayan de Oro-Davao-General Santos City line; and technical assessment of the Iligan City-Zamboanga City line.

 

“The duration of the study will be 10 months,” he said in an interview.

 

The initial plan of the Transportation agency was to connect Davao City, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, Marawi, Pagadian, and Dipolog via the railway system.

 

While Mr. Mamondiong did not cite figures, he had estimated in June last year that the project will cost between $800 million-$1 billion, compared to the $700-million estimate floated when it was first proposed in the Ramos administration.

 

The government had already approached Poland, Saudi Arabia and Spain for development assistance, he had said.

 

President Gloria M. Arroyo in June of last year formed the Mindanao Railways Project Policy and Coordinating Committee, designating Transportation Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza, Public Works Sec. Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. and Budget Sec. Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. as members. House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles (Davao City, 1st District) was named adviser.

 

The planned railway consists of a criss-crossing network of lines linking Cagayan de Oro to Iligan, Iligan to Zamboanga City, and Cagayan de Oro to Agusan and Surigao, as well as extensions to Davao and General Santos cities. The first phase of the project consists of a 120 kilometer stretch of railway that will pass through the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Industrial Corridor.

 

 

 

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