The chief executive of this growing city in Mindanao was elated after learning that Malacanang has given priority to the Mindanao Railway System (MRS).

Mayor Vicente Emano also lauded the Aquino administration for its decision to implement the P66.5-billion MRS project.

In a press statement, the mayor said like the Laguindingan International terminal, the proposed project will greatly boost the development of Mindanao.

“Usa gayod kini sa akong gihingusgan nga mga proyekto, uban sa Laguindingan International Airport” (This project is one that I strongly pushed like the Laguindingan International Airport), he said.

He added: “Dako gayod kining tabang sa pag-ugmad sa pulo sa Mindanao,” (This is a big help to push Mindanao).

Emano also said the proposed railway system would be implemented in four phases, the first will be built from Laguindingan to Cagayan de Oro; the second, from Laguindingan to Iligan City; third, from the city to the Phivedec area in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental; and the fourth phase from Iligan City to Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

The MRS is one of the three priorities that were pushed by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) in Mindanao.

Eman said that there were no other better projects for Mindanao that would contribute to a total development except the MRS, the project that would benefit all people in Mindanao for boosting the island’s economy.

According to the initial strategic railway development plan for Mindanao, the project aims to connect urban centers and provincial capitals in Mindanao such as, Butuan, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Dipolog, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Marawi, Cotabato, and Davao cities.

It was gathered that the construction of the Mindanao railway project is scheduled to start in 2011 with the initial phase connecting this city and the new airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental.

The railway project is envisioned to connect the rural and urban centers in Mindanao and is expected to boost commercial and industrial progress along the rail routes, including far-flung areas.

The construction of the railway system in Mindanao is expected to address the needs of long-distance passengers, as well as the cargo and commercial requirements in the area.

“This is really a big help to our economy and a big boost to our investors, both foreign and domestic,” said Emano. (PNA)

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