The first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) is now in the process of right of way (ROW) acquisition along the alignment and the stations and is being targeted to be finished by December 2018 and project bidding by the end of the year so the construction could start in January 2019. This is the latest progress update on the project as disclosed by MRP Deputy Project Manager Patricia Melizza B. Ruivivar during the recent Davao City Council Session which she also reiterated during a forum at the Ateneo de Davao University.

A priority project of the Duterte Administration, the first phase is targeted for completion before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022. The P36-billion project will be financed through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) from China. The government initially planned to fund the P36-billion project through the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Ruivivar said they plan to finish each lot negotiation in a week, otherwise, the government will expropriate the property. The bidding was delayed after Department of Transportation Secretart Arturo Tugade wanted some changes in the design from single to double track; electrified and not diesel; and standard but not narrow.

As presented, the MRP has three corridors: Corridor 1 (Davao-Nabunturan-Butuan) 256 kms; Corridor 2 (Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan) 285 kms; Corridor 3 (Iligan-Cotabato-Davao) 289 kms.

photo by Richard Villanueva

The main railway ringway is 850 kilometers with spurs at 700 kms.

President wanted a railway line connecting Davao and Cagayan de Oro via Malaybalay.

photo by Richard Villanueva

The railway project will significantly decrease travel time between major cities.

MRP is envisioned to connect the primary growth centers in Mindanao.

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