Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez met with Department of Transportation (DOTr) officials today and discussed two (2) important railway projects for the city and Northern Mindanao – the proposed CdeO Skyway/Light Rail Transit System and the Mindanao Railway Project.

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Skyway/Light Rail System: Phase 1 (from Bugo to Bulua passing thru the Butuan-Cagayan-Iligan Road); Phase 2 (from Paseo del Rio Rotunda in Nazareth to Macabalan Pier)

Rep. Rodriguez discussed with DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista and Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chaves his request for a P100 million budget for the feasibility study of the said proposal. This request was contained in Rodriguez’s letter to Bautista dated July 25, 2022.

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Sec. Bautista and Usec. Chaves were happy to inform Rodriguez that acting on his letter, after considering the feasibility of the said project, they already wrote to Executive Director Eleazar Ricote of the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC) to request funding for the Project Preparation Feasibility Study for the Cagayan de Oro Metropolitan Railway (Par. 2.6 of Sec. Bautista letter). See letter below.

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Rep. Rodriguez thanked Sec. Bautista and Usec. Chaves for their immediate action of his request for the people of CdeO.

Mindanao Railway Project – from Jasaan, Misamis Oriental – CdeO to Laguindingan Airport, Iligan City, Linamon, Lanao Norte.

Rep. Rodriguez submitted to Sec. Bautista and Usec. Chaves the feasibility study report for the said project which was completed as early as May 2010. Rodriguez was able to secure P60 million in 2009, during his 1st term, from the then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to finance the preparation of the feasibility study.

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The survey team was assisted by then LTFRB Director Manny Darimbang who headed the Mindanao Railway Office in Bulua, CdeO. Bautista and Chaves promised to immediately submit the feasibility study to the Inter-Agency Coordinating Council-NEDA for its approval. Upon approval, the DOTr will secure the funding for this Mindanao Railway project. Rodriguez again thanked the DOTr officials for their full support for the railway project in Northern Mindanao. He is confident that with the commitment by Sec. Bautista and Usec. Chaves, these two big ticket railway projects for CdeO and for Region 10 will soon be a reality.

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info and photos by Rufus Rodriguez

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