SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III has urged President Benigno Aquino III to transfer the supervision of the Mindanao Railway Project Office from the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board to the Philippine National Railways.
Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez urged the Aquino administration the other day to include the proposed Mindanao railway project in its PPP (public-private partnership) program.
Government’s failure to include the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) in its priority development projects is a major blooper and may have negative effects on the successful operation of the Laguindingan Airport.
FORMER mayor Constantino Jaraula has written to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II to ask him to help in pushing for the implementation of the planned railway system project from Misamis Oriental to Lanao del Norte.
AN OLD plan to build a railway in Mindanao was revived by a House panel which has approved a bill creating a state-run corporation that will own and operate the planned system.
This confuses me….I thought the feasibility study for the Mindanao Railway was completed last year. But now, DOTC again wants a detailed feasibility study for the viability of the Mindanao railway system project before it can be offered to interested private investors.
Phase one of the proposed P66.4-billion Mindanao Railway System will include a shuttle service from Cagayan de Oro to the Laguindingan Airport, about 50 kilometers apart. This is according to the the regional office of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
The government has conferred the Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO) based in Cagayan de Oro City as a permanent office under the Philippine National Railways (PNR) only in November this year.
Segment 1 of Phase 1 connects CdeO and Laguindingan A RAILWAY connecting Cagayan de Oro to Laguindingan town in Misamis Oriental will likely be operational in 2013, an official of the Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO) said.
The chief executive of this growing city in Mindanao was elated after learning that Malacanang has given priority to the Mindanao Railway System (MRS).
The government is exploring the possibility of prioritizing the development of the proposed Mindanao Railway, a proposal which was originally hatched during the Estrada administration and was pushed by then ARMM chairman Nur Misuari.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is looking at multilateral funding for the construction of the first intermodal transport system in the country.