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Miscellaneous and non-defense topics => Infrastructure and Nautical Highways => Topic started by: adroth on March 05, 2018, 09:01:40 AM

Title: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on March 05, 2018, 09:01:40 AM
Administrator’s note: Related discussions

Davao People Mover (Monorail) Project (https://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=4060.0)

Road-right-of-way issues (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=5983.0)
P5.7-B Row budget set for railway project (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=5986.0)
Track design for the Mindanao Railway (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=5988.0)
How do you secure the Mindanao Railway System (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=3102.0)


Past efforts

Aquino administration (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=5981.0)

     Railway in the Northern Mindanao Development Corridor (NMDC) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6189.0)

Arroyo administration (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6044.0)

     Mindanao Railway Project Office (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6174.0)

Past congressional efforts to kick-start the creation of the Mindanao Railway (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6087.0)



Stations

Tagum station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6012.0)
Carmen station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6014.0)
Panabo station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6013.0)
Davao North station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6018.0)
Davao Central station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6017.0)
Davao South station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6011.0)
Santa Cruz station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6015.0)
Digos station (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=6016.0)


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Mindanao train on front and center after languishing in the back burner
January 4, 2018 | 2:26 pm
BY MARIFI S. JARA AND CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

http://bworldonline.com/mindanao-train-front-center-languishing-back-burner/

IT’S AN OLD IDEA — a Mindanao railway — dating as far back as the late 1930s after the Luzon rail was completed.

Then the Second World War came along and “it was put on the back burner,” National Economic and Development Authority-Davao Region Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim narrated, citing historical information based on government archives that are contained in the latest feasibility study for the Mindanao Railway System (MRS).

Rehabilitation of the Luzon rail was made a priority post-WWII and it wasn’t until 1957 that a train system for Mindanao, the country’s second biggest island after Luzon, was again considered.

A project study was undertaken by the Philippine National Railways (PNR), identifying a 1,570-kilometer (km.) track that would have required a P2.6-billion budget at that time.

It was probably the cost, but no one can say for sure now why the transport system was never pursued. It would remain shelved for more than three decades.

Mindanao train on front and center after languishing in the back burnerIt was under former President Fidel V. Ramos, who started his six-year term in 1992, that the Mindanao
railway got back on the national government’s radar.

But more than two decades later, after numerous plans and studies under different administrations, the railway remained on the drawing board.

“In the past, we were never listened to; sometimes (the national government pretended listening but it was only lip service,” said Vicente T. Lao, chair of the Mindanao Business Council.

Ms. Lim explains that the way government works is that localities and regional agencies basically “compete” for funding and prioritization, particularly for big-ticket projects, and decisions are ultimately made at the national level with socioeconomic, technical as well as political considerations coming into play.

“It helped a lot when President Duterte won,” she said, referring to former Davao City mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, the first from Mindanao to be elected president.

“And infrastructure investments are really a focus of this administration,” said NEDA-Davao Chief Economic Development Specialist Mario M. Realista.

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64 major projects underway in 'golden age of infrastructure’

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&sid=&nid=&rid=958387

MANILA, Jan 26 (PNA) -- A total of 64 big-ticket projects ranging from major road networks, railway systems and bus rapid transit systems to airport and seaport modernization are either for implementation or in the pipeline as part of the Duterte administration's envisioned "golden age of infrastructure."

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Another 13 rail projects are being developed by DOTr.

These include the following: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential), Cebu Railway (5 lines), Panay Railway, Line 4 (Taytay-Manila) PPP Project, Line 5 (Pasay-Makati-Taguig) PPP Project, Line 8 (Quezon City-Manila) PPP Project, PNR North Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark), Mega Manila Subway Project, Subic-Clark Railway (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=579.0).


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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 05, 2018, 10:28:07 AM
FIRST PHASE OF MINDANAO RAILWAY PROJECT TO CUT TAGUM TO DIGOS TRAVEL TIME FROM 3.5 TO 1.3 HOURS

http://dotr.gov.ph/10-press-releases/246-first-phase-of-mindanao-railway-project-to-cut-tagum-to-digos-travel-time-from-3-5-to-1-3-hours.html

Metro Manila, Philippines---The Department of Transportation (DOTr) today said that the 102-km Mindanao Railway Project: Tagum-Davao-Digos (MRP-TDD) segment is expected to reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once it starts operating in 2022.

The MRP-TDD segment is the first of the 3 segments of the Mindanao Railway Project. The design and construction of the Project will begin by 3rd quarter of next year and is expected to be completed by end of 2021.

“The P35.91 billion MRP-TDD will make travel time faster by two (2) hours, with frequency of trips of up to 6 trains per hour,” says DOTr Undersecretary for Rails, Cesar Chavez.

The MRP-TDD is expected to not only make travel faster, but also safer, more convenient and comfortable for passengers in the said corridor. It will have 8 stations, namely: Tagum; Carmen; Panabo; Mudiang; Davao Terminal; Toril; Sta. Cruz; and Digos. A 10-hectare depot will be built in Tagum.

The rail line will be built with a single track, with provisions for future tracks and electrification. It will have six 5-car passenger trains (Diesel Multiple Units) with 3 spare cars, 4 locomotives and 15 freight cars.

           

Upon project completion, the DOTr expects the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to increase to 134,060 by 2022. The Department projects the daily ridership to further increase to 237,023 by 2032 and 375,134 by 2042.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 05, 2018, 11:04:14 AM
Mindanao rail gets P6.5-b fund
posted August 14, 2017 at 12:01 am by  Macon Ramos-Araneta

http://thestandard.com.ph/news/national/244398/mindanao-rail-gets-p6-5-b-fund.html

The first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project—a 105-kilometer line linking the provincial capital of Davao del Norte to the provincial capital of Davao del Sur—will get an initial P6.58 billion in funding next year, a member of the House appropriations committee said on Sunday.

Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said the amount is among the items in the Rail Infrastructure Program of the Department of Transportation in the proposed 2018 national budget.

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“There’s no question the railway will ease considerably the transfer of people and goods, and propel in a big way Mindanao’s overall social and economic development,” Pimentel said.

Phase 1 of the railway is expected to cut travel time between Tagum and Digos cities from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once the trains start operating in 2022, data from the DOTr showed. Itwill have eight stations: Tagum, Carmen, Panabo, Mudiang, Davao Terminal, Toril, Santa Cruz and Digos. A 10-hectare depot will also be put up in Tagum City.


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“I hope that the train service will be capable of ferrying not just people but cargo as well as the island is an agriculture powerhouse producing, by last count, at least P500 billion worth of farm products a year,” he said.

Mindanao accounts for almost half of the country’s total corn output, around 83 percent of the total banana production, at least 61 percent of total harvested coconut, and around 90 percent of total pineapple yield.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 05, 2018, 01:32:29 PM
Mindanao Railway construction starts in 2018
The big-ticket infrastructure project has seen 4 Philippine presidents come and go. Under the country's first Mindanaoan president, its construction is approved.

Chrisee Dela Paz
Published 7:55 PM, July 03, 2017

https://www.rappler.com/business/174576-mindanao-railway-construction-2018-dotr

This first phase of the 830-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project loop will be implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through local financing. This phase involves the establishment of a 102.28-kilometer commuter railway from Tagum City in Davao del Norte to Digos City in Davao del Sur.

"Between now and December, we are organizing the project management office. Former president Arroyo created it during her time for the Mindanao Railway and Davao and Cebu. We want to unbundle that and we are doing that right now," Chavez said.

He added that the government has readied the P6.5-billion budget for land acquisition and engineering for the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment.

"Now, we are doing the land acquisition. We need 340 hectares of property to cover the 103 kilometers. Mostly agricultural land. Substantially, it is clear how much this is. By 1st quarter of 2018, we will buy the land because the budget is [allocated] for next year," Chavez told reporters.

The railway project will connect key Mindanao cities including Davao, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and General Santos.

Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the government is creating a Philippine Railway Institute, which will serve as a training center for staff of all public railways.

Tugade said his department is in talks with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to put up the institute.

"We are now trying to formulate the curriculum as we are trying to formulate the structures that will be in that institute," Tugade told reporters.
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 08, 2018, 08:31:59 AM
3 lower chamber committees endorse creation of PNRA for plenary approval
By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - March 7, 2018

https://businessmirror.com.ph/3-lower-chamber-committees-endorse-creation-of-pnra-for-plenary-approval/

Three committees of the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a priority measure restructuring the Philippine National Railway System (PNRS).

In a joint hearing, House Committees on Government Enterprises, Legislative Franchise  and  Transportation endorsed for plenary approval a substitute bill creating of the Philippine National Railway Authority (PNRA).

Under the bill, the PNRA shall regulate all aspects of the operations of railway corporations, while its board of directors shall set the necessary routes, fares and standards on safety and security.

The bill also mandates the authority to establish three separate corporations—the Luzon Railway Corp., Visayas Railway Corp.  and Mindanao Railway Corp.—to operate railways  in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The corporations shall exist for a term of 50 years, and renewable for another 50.

The measure said the authorized capital stock of each corporation shall be P30 billion, while 20 percent, or P6 billion, shall be initially paid up and the balance shall be paid from a continuing annual appropriation of not less than P2 billion.

However, the bill said railway operators are required to secure a franchise from Congress.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 08, 2018, 08:34:18 AM
China to fund railway project in southern Philippines
PUBLISHEDMAR 5, 2018, 10:06 AM SGT

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/china-to-fund-railway-project-in-southern-philippines

MANILA - The remaining phases of the railway project in the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao will be financed by a loan from China, according to the Department of Transportation.

Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said Phase 1 of the project is being funded through the government budget or the General Appropriations Act (GAA), reported The Philippine Star.

"Phase one is GAA, the rest is China," Batan said. He, however, did not disclose the cost of the next phases.

Phase 1 of the Mindanao railway project involves the 102.9-km Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment which costs 31.9 billion pesos (S$807.8 million).

The Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment is expected to reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once it starts operating in 2022.

Design and construction of the project will begin by the third quarter of this year.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 08, 2018, 05:00:32 PM
A classic sample of a northerner's mindset. From the forum's FB extension (https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1597902583628916/?comment_id=1598022210283620&comment_tracking=%7B"tn"%3A"R0"%7D).

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 10, 2018, 03:28:17 PM
NEDA Oks 5 flagship infra projects in Mindanao
By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:57 PM March 09, 2018

DAVAO CITY-Mindanao stands to benefit from the government’s massive “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program such that the war-torn island would be transformed into an agricultural and industrial hub in the medium term, the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team said Friday.

The National Economic and Development Authority Board chaired by the President already approved five flagship infrastructure projects soon to rise in Mindanao, said Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III at a speech at the Philippine Economic Briefing.

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Railway

The first segment of Mindanao’s first railway system that would run across Tagum, Davao and Digos would be rolled out before the year ends, according to Dominguez.

“This segment will be 102-kilometer long with a design speed of 160 kilometers an hour. It will cost P35.3 billion and should be completed in 2021,” the Finance chief said.

“An efficient railway system will relieve road congestion, reduce the cost of moving goods and people across long distances and spur economic activity. By 2022, the Duterte government expects to complete 1,900 kilometers of rail lines in both Luzon and Mindanao. For your information, we only have 77-kilometers of operational railways at the moment and they are all located in Luzon,” he added.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 24, 2018, 09:59:08 AM
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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on March 24, 2018, 11:31:18 PM
ADB grant to help fund Mindanao Railway initial planning
January 17, 2018

http://bworldonline.com/adb-grant-help-fund-mindanao-railway-initial-planning/

The government is planning to tap a $5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to prepare the first phase of the Mindanao railway, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

The program is called the Strengthening Infrastructure Capacity and Innovation for Inclusive Growth technical assistance grant made in October.

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The DoTr's  planning exercise is separate from the National Economic and Development Authority's (NEDA) plan to utilize the funds for its Project Facilitation, Monitoring and Innovation Task Force -- an interagency committee to address infrastructure development bottlenecks.

The Mindanao Rail project-Phase 1 spans 102 kilometers traversing the cities of Tagum, Davao, and Digos.

As approved by NEDA Board, it would cost some P35.26 billion, to be funded out of the government budget, and is targeted to start construction by the third quarter this year.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on April 14, 2018, 11:10:52 AM
Government allots P986M to obtain night rating for 4 airports
Monday, April 09, 2018
By KARINA V. CAÑEDO

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Diokno said that in 2018, Mindanao will receive at least P174 billion or 38 percent of the total infrastructure project funding in the entire Philippines.

Mindanao railway

Among the big ticket infrastructure projects being done is the Mindanao Railway System Tagum-Davao City-Digos (TDD) Segment, a 105-kilometer segment out of the 830-km MRS.

It will have daily ridership of 100,000, and it has an estimated cost of P31.5 billion.

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Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2018/04/09/government-allots-p986m-obtain-night-rating-4-airports-597610
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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on June 25, 2018, 08:39:11 AM
Security, other issues cloud dream of Mindanao Railway System
By: Judy Quiros, Julie Alipala - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:25 AM April 24, 2018

(Last of two parts)

DAVAO CITY—“It will be so fast, so cheap and so efficient, you can have your breakfast in Surigao City, lunch in Zamboanga, and dinner in Davao City.”

This was how Secretary Abul Khayr Alonto of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) envisioned how life would be in Mindanao if the Mindanao Railway System pushes through under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

While the project has raised hopes among local officials of finally seeing a railroad link provinces in Mindanao, is the government just selling them a dream?

A year before the President steps down from office in 2022, only the 102-kilometer segment spanning Digos and Tagum cities will be completed.

The government has not provided a schedule for the completion of the 2,000-km railroad across the island.

Also, the current plan provided by MinDA does not mention a high-speed train yet.

Its proposal for a two-track electric railroad for the Digos-Tagum route was shelved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in favor of a single-track, diesel-run locomotive.

Outside loop

The cities of Zamboanga and Surigao are outside the proposed main railroad loop. These urban centers have to be connected by spur lines from the main line in Butuan City (for Surigao) and in Iligan City (for Zamboanga).

Visiting Zamboanga City in March, former MinDA Secretary Jesus Dureza, now presidential adviser on the peace process, told the Inquirer that it would still take a long time before the rails would reach the city.

“A backbone will travel [from Davao City] up north and you have to look at the terrain,” Dureza said. “You cannot just say, let’s put up a train there. The train cannot go up the mountain. If there are mountains, you need to put up tunnels.”

“Whether or not the entire … [railroad] would be completed [in the Duterte administration] depends on how fast the government could allocate funds for the other sections, how viable [these segments are] to warrant quick approval from the Neda-ICC (National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee),” said Romeo Montenegro, MinDA deputy director for operations.

Building each segment in succession would take a long time, that was why MinDA has recommended that the DOTr allocate a budget to fund the feasibility studies for the rest of the track.

Once the studies are there, Montenegro said MinDA could easily scout for a partner to do the detailed engineering design and attract investors to fund the project.

“Without the [feasibility] studies, the plan [to build a Mindanao-wide railroad] would only be ‘drawings,’” he said.

Montenegro is hopeful, however, that the first segment of the proposed railroad would start construction soon.

Though Zamboanga City would be one of the last areas to be reached by the railroad, people there are welcoming the plan.

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Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said a railroad would bring development to Bangsamoro areas, but the government had to conduct extensive dialogues and negotiate with landowners along the route to prevent possible delays.

“[Based on our] experience in [implementing] road projects, we only hit a kilometer and be pressed to pay an equivalent of more than 10 km,” he said.

“The national government must explain [to the landowners] that the railroad would be for their own good. They must secure the help and cooperation of locals,” Hataman said.

Sense of ownership

Dureza said the people of Mindanao should have a sense of ownership so they would be willing to protect the railroad project themselves, instead of relying on the military and police.

“Proposals for a railroad project in the past did not push through because of peace and security issues,” he said. “There was this feeling that the place was not secured.”

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on June 25, 2018, 08:43:14 AM
DOTr execs: Mindanao Railway project ‘not derailed’
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(philstar.com) - May 20, 2018 - 6:54pm

MANILLA, Philippines —Two Transportation officials on Saturday disputed allegations that the Mindanao Railway project has been derailed by “higher officials.”

In a lengthy press release, Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, and Director for Communications Goddes Hope Libiran refuted the allegations made by Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino that he was kept from speaking about the Mindanao Railway project.

Batan clarified that Tolentino was only asked to postpone his press conference to keep from preempting the high-level discussions on the best strategy to implement the railway project. He added that Assistant Secretary Tolentino was told why he was asked to postpone his press briefing but that he refused to listen.

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Last Friday, Tolentino held a press conference and claimed that higher officials of the DOTr derailed the Mindanao Railway project to borrow funds from a foreign company despite having a P36-billion budget.

Tolentino also alleged he was being stopped from speaking.

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The undersecretary also explained that “the ongoing multi-agency and government-to-government discussions are aimed at evaluating whether to finance Phase 1 of Mindanao Railway with Official Development Assistance (ODA) from China.” He said these discussion involve economic managers and the governments of the Philippines and China.

Batan said that there is a concern that if the first phase is not implemented by China, it would be more difficult to get China’s support for the much longer future phases of the Mindanao Railway project. He stressed that the government cannot afford to be short-sighted since the objective is to complete 1,500 kilometers of railways.

“The discussions are likely to be completed by next week, but apparently that's too long for Assistant Secretary Tolentino to wait,” Batan said.

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Libiran said that Tugade issued a Memorandum setting a Media Affairs Protocol, which requires the endorsement of the concerned undersecretary, the director for communications, and the secretary before press conferences can be called.

 “Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino's presscon yesterday was not only unauthorized pursuant to the DOTr media affairs protocol—it was held in defiance of clear, repeated, and explained instructions coming from me, Undersecretary Batan, and, most importantly, Secretary Tugade,” Libiran said.

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The project is eyed to be completed by 2021. —Rosette Adel

Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/20/1817026/dotr-execs-mindanao-railway-project-not-derailed#gAxq5wVgpio5a8oq.99
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on June 25, 2018, 08:51:46 AM
DOTr bares plans for China to fund entire Mindanao Railway project
By Eimor P. Santos, CNN Philippines

Updated 11:40 AM PHT Tue, May 22, 2018

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/19/Mindanao-Railway-project-China-funding.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 19) — China may fund all phases of the multi-billion-peso Mindanao Railway project, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) revealed Saturday.

"The ongoing multi-agency and government-to-government discussions are aimed at evaluating whether to finance Phase 1 of Mindanao Railway with Official Development Assistance (ODA) from China," the DOTr said in a press release.

The ODA is a government aid, a loan or grant that aims to promote the economic development of developing countries.

The first phase of the railway project, spanning over 100 kilometers, will connect the cities of Tagum in Davao del Norte, Davao City, and Digos in Davao del Sur. It is expected to reduce travel time from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours.

The project costs around P36 billion, which was initially supposed to come from the national budget under the General Appropriations Act.

But the DOTr said it might be better for China to finance the entire project, whose cost has yet to be revealed.

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The DOTr said this phase is "on track" with its target completion date of 2021 amid allegations the project is being delayed as there are certain officials manipulating the bidding process by favoring certain contractors.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on July 25, 2018, 03:30:15 PM
Gov’t to start negotiations for right of way settlement on Mindanao Railway project
Published July 13, 2018, 12:30 PM
By Antonio Colina IV

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/07/13/govt-to-start-negotiations-for-right-of-way-settlement-on-mindanao-railway-project/

DAVAO CITY – The government will start the negotiations with property owners this year for the settlement of road right of way in the implementation of the phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project, an official from the Mindanao Development Authortiy (MinDA) said.

MinDA executive deputy director Romeo Montenegro said in an interview on Wednesday that the government allotted P9 billion to acquire the properties that would be in the path of the train that will run 102 kilometers from Tagum, to Davao City, and to Digos City.

The first segment will comprise eight stations, namely: Tagum; Carmen; Panabo; Mudiang (in Bunawan, Davao City); Davao Terminal; Toril; Sta. Cruz; and Digos. A 10-hectare depot will be built in Tagum.

The government targets to complete the acquisition within the year, he said.

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The budget for the right of way settlement was part of the P36 billion approved budget under the 2018 General Appropriations Act, which was intended for a one-track, diesel-run locomotive.

But Department of Transportation (DOTr) later reverted to its original plan of a two-track electricity-run railway worth P86 billion.

But he said this is still subject for approval by the National Economic Development Authority-investment coordination committee, which consists of sectary of finance as chairman; the NEDA director-general as cochairman; and executive secretary, secretaries of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, Budget and Management and the governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines as members.

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Upon project completion, the DOTr expects the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to increase to 134,060 by 2022.

The Department projects the daily ridership to further increase to 237,023 by 2032 and 375,134 by 2042, it said.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on September 06, 2018, 12:23:29 PM
Mindanao railway construction to start Jan. 2019
August 1, 2018 | 8:33 pm
By Carmencita A. Carillo, Correspondent

http://www.bworldonline.com/mindanao-railway-construction-to-start-jan-2019/

DAVAO CITY — Construction of the first phase of the P85-billion Mindanao Railway Project, which covers the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment, is targeted to start in January 2019 and operations expected by 2021.

“We hope to finish the right of way (ROW) acquisition along the alignment and the stations by December 2018. We expect to award the winning contractor, since this is a design and build contract, also by end of this year so we can start construction of railway by January next year,” Mindanao Railway System (MRS) Project Manager Patricia Melizza B. Ruivivar said in an interview.

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The 102-kilometer phase 1 has a budget of P36 billion, to be sourced from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) up to 2021.

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Phase 1 of the railway will have eight stations: Tagum City, Carmen, and Panabo City in Davao del Norte; Mudiang, central Davao, and Toril in Davao City; and Sta. Cruz and Digos City in Davao del Sur.

A 10-hectare depot will also be built in Tagum.

Ms. Ruivivar said academic institutions will also have a role to play by opening engineering courses relating to railways.

“We want the city council’s support to develop a plan on educating human resource to support the development of the railway industry,” she said.
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
Post by: adroth on September 17, 2018, 04:25:06 AM
Gov’t lines up priority infrastructure for 2019
August 29, 2018 | 12:32 am

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter

http://www.bworldonline.com/govt-lines-up-priority-infrastructure-for-2019/

THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION has lined up the start of P36.23 billion worth of large-scale flood control, road and railway projects next year, which marks the midterm of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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For road and bridge projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the list consists of the P3.57-billion Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project, P2.34-billion Road Upgrading and Preservation Project and the P1.85-billion first phase of the Central Luzon Link Expressway Project.

Also to be implemented by DPWH are the P2.2-billion first phase of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project and the P1.68-billion Flood Risk Management Project covering areas adjacent to the Cagayan, Tagoloan and Imus Rivers.

Next year also marks the start of five railway projects under the Department of Transportation, namely: the P14.04-billion, 37.9-kilometer Philippine National Railway (PNR) North 1 linking Tutuban in Metro Manila and Malolos, Bulacan; the P2.91-billion 102-kilometer first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project that will run through Digos, Davao and Tagum cities in Mindanao; the P1.52-billion first phase of the Metro Manila Subway Project that will include the first three stations along Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora and North Avenue, in Quezon City; and the P1.42-billion PNR South Commuter Solis-Los Baños Project.

The government will also provide a P4.7-billion subsidy for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3.

MAKING UP FOR PAST NEGLECT

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Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark A. Villar said in the same forum that the government has “never spent so much in the history of the department with a 40% higher disbursement rate.”
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Post by: adroth on September 22, 2018, 10:58:29 AM
DoTR FB post (https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1208124739326660?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBZWqVvW_vq8cF7xsDlXrscPo-NaD4eRe4Mx-iMNTWLVv0WBejCszt4kN9hjJA_VHWqvMvj5ISzZmRaMJ5GC6LbQGCfkkifbNIZZdPgXv9LIPRyon5NAMNnyCkHTM0YQ8GwdppyO5hgIWBhlyIbzYvZ7hgrMtUDSHk9rFdEs3DmT1JbmMVelw&__tn__=-R)

N PHOTOS: DOTr Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje was oriented on various big-ticket infrastructure projects in Mindanao such as the Davao City Monorail System and the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) yesterday, 20 September 2018.

In separate meetings held in Davao City yesterday, concerned officials discussed with Asec. Eje the concept, status and alignment of the MRP TDD. Discussions with lot owners that may be affected by the first phase of the MRP (Tagum-Davao-Digos) were also reported.

Asec. Eje was recently designated by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade as point person of the DOTr for all projects to be implemented in Mindanao.
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Post by: adroth on October 13, 2018, 02:57:56 AM
By BONG S SARMIENTO MINDANAO, OCTOBER 10, 2018 4:56 PM (UTC+8)
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-leaves-dutertes-dream-train-at-the-station//

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In March 2017, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang visited Davao City, Duterte’s hometown where he previously served as governor, to show Beijing’s commitment to constructing the southern railway. The railway was estimated at the time to cost 218 billion pesos (US$4 billion), according to news reports.

Wang was the guest of honor at an official presentation on the Mindanao railway’s economic boosting prospects. Wang suggested at the time that China could help finance the project through either soft loans or investment in the government’s public-private partnership scheme.

The National Economic and Development Authority, a Philippine state agency, approved last year the first Tagum-Davao-Digos phase of the railway at a cost of 37.3 billion pesos (US$726 million). The line is expected to reduce travel time along the route from 3.5 hours by road to 1.3 hours by rail.

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The Mindanao railway’s construction was earlier targeted to start in the third quarter of this year, with the Department of Transportation pushing for China to fund all of the project’s phases through official development assistance (ODA).

The Philippine side has not given up hope. In late August, a top-level Philippine economic delegation traveled to Beijing to resubmit an indicative list of 12 big-ticket infrastructure projects for possible Chinese grant financing, including the Mindanao railway project.

The delegation included Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and other senior government officials.

They submitted the proposed projects to the newly created China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=3984.0), a leading agency responsible for administering foreign aid and overseas development assistance.

CIDCA chairman Wang Xiaotao vaguely assured the delegation of China’s intention to provide assistance to Manila “in the direction determined by the leaders of both our countries.”

“This truly shows that China gives great importance to the promotion of its bilateral relations with the Philippines,” Wang said in a statement, according to a Philippine Finance Department release on the meeting.

The delegation also met with the Export-Import Bank of China, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and top-ranking Chinese officials to discuss infrastructure project implementation and financing.

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As of October 10, Asia Times’ questions to the Mindanao Development Authority, a body dedicated to the island’s socioeconomic development, regarding the status of the Mindanao railway system and Chinese financing were unanswered.

During Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address in 2016, the leader proudly predicted that the Mindanao railway system would be up and running before he steps down from power in mid-2022.

But more than two years into Duterte’s term, it’s not clear that the southern train will leave the station any time soon, if at all.
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Post by: adroth on October 14, 2018, 06:11:53 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1220253738113760

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Projects Implementation - Mindanao Cluster Eymard Eje conducted a courtesy call to Panabo City, Davao del Norte Mayor James Gamao to discuss mutual concerns on the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP).

During the meeting, Mayor Gamao expressed to Asec. Eje the readiness of the City of Panabo on the implementation of MRP Phase 1.

Gamao likewise said that the City Council have already passed a resolution authorizing him to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DOTr relative to the Right Of Way Site Acquisition in their City.
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Post by: adroth on October 15, 2018, 05:08:11 AM
Gov’t bracing for legal steps in land acquisition for Mindanao railway
October 14, 2018 | 7:57 pm   

https://www.bworldonline.com/govt-bracing-for-legal-steps-in-land-acquisition-for-mindanao-railway/

THE GOVERNMENT may have to go to court to assert its eminent domain for the first phase of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) project as some land owners are not keen to let go of their properties that are on the path of the train track, a regional official said. The first segment of the MRS covers the cities of Tagum, Davao, and Digos, all in Davao Region. “We are still negotiating with the landowners to acquire right of way (ROW) for the track. As of now negotiation is not final yet,” Davao del Norte Governor Anthony G. del Rosario, also the chair of the Davao Regional Development Council, told the media last week in Tagum City.

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Post by: adroth on October 17, 2018, 11:13:52 PM
Government to fund first segment of Mindanao railway

JENNIE P. ARADO
October 16, 2018

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1769540/Davao/Local-News/Govt-to-fund-first-segment-of-railway

THE P126-billion Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) railway, the first segment of the Mindanao Railway Project, will be government-funded under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

After different foreign investors had shown interest in investing for the first segment of the Mindanao Railway Project, it had been finally decided and approved that the P89 billion from the P126-billion total project cost of TDD railway will be shouldered by the 2018 DoTr GAA. Out of this budget, P5.7 billion had already been released to fund the right of way acquisition, parcellary survey, ECC certification, and operation of the PMO/TWG/and Steering committee.

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A P30-billion budget will also be taken from the 2019 DoTr GAA in addition to the P89 billion. The remaining P7 billion will be funded by Neda. The 102-kilometer TDD railway is already approved by the Neda board to be back to being two-track and electrified.

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Post by: adroth on October 25, 2018, 02:56:24 PM
RROW negotiations for Mindanao railway start this year
By Antonio L. Colina IV -
July 13, 2018 11:28 am

http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2018/07/rrow-negotiations-for-mindanao-railway-start-this-year/

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – Negotiations with property owners to settle road right of way matters for the implementation of phase one of the Mindanao Railway Project will start this year, an official from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

MinDA executive deputy director Romeo Montenegro said in an interview on Wednesday that the government allotted P9 billion to compensate owners of properties that would lie along the 102-kilometer Tagum-Davao-Digos railway.

The first segment will comprise eight stations, namely: Tagum; Carmen; Panabo; Mudiang (in Bunawan, Davao City); Davao Terminal; Toril; Sta. Cruz; and Digos. A 10-hectare depot will be built in Tagum.

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He said they would need the help of local government units with the right of way settlements.

The budget for the right of way settlement was part of the P36-billion budget under the 2018 General Appropriations Act, which was intended for a one-track, diesel-run locomotive.

But the Department of Transportation (DOTr) later reverted to its original plan of a two-track electricity-run railway worth P86 billion.

Montenegro said this is still subject to approval by the National Economic Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee, which consists of Finance sectary as chair, the NEDA Director-General as co—chair, and the executive secretary, secretaries of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, Budget and Management and the Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines as members.

Negotiations will begin once the detailed engineering plan is finalized, he said.

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Post by: adroth on October 25, 2018, 03:17:31 PM
DOTr creates body for Davao railway segment
GILFORD A. DOQUILA
August 2, 2018

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1755927

THE Department of Transportation Region (DOTr) Davao Region has created a steering committee composed of with eight local government units in Davao region for the P90 billion Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) phase of the Mindanao Railway System.

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In order to secure an inclusive project for the railway system, Ruivivar said the committee will involve the partnership of eight LGUs in Davao Region -- the provincial governments of Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur, along with Davao city, Digos City, Sta. Cruz, Panabo City, Carmen, and Tagum City.

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Ruivivar added the main issue the department is currently facing is about the land acquisition.

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The MRP-TDD segment is the first of the three segments of the Mindanao Railway Project. The other segments include the Davao-Nabunturan-Butuan (256km), Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan (285km), and the Iligan-Cotabato-Davao (289km).

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She said the railway will cover Davao Region until Northern Mindanao. The connection from Davao City to to Cagayan de Oro via Malaybalay City in Bukidnon will cut travel time from six hours to two hours.

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Post by: adroth on October 28, 2018, 03:31:51 PM
Note the additional line from Cagayan de Oro to Davao City

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From: https://www.facebook.com/dotrmrt3/posts/2266981646863976

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan presented at the Philippine Railway Modernization and Expansion Summit 2018 in Manila, today.

In his speech, Usec. Batan highlighted the government's 23 railway projects, which will expand the country's rail system from the current 77 kilometers to over 1,750 kilometers.

He also discussed the current situation of the mass transit system and how are these plans of railway expansion will benefit the riding public from across the country.

The event was attended by over 250+ C level executives from the major railway operators, government authorities, developers, consortiums and contractors, construction companies and the international community who are sourcing solutions for their existing and upcoming projects in the next 3-5 years.

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Post by: adroth on November 05, 2018, 06:52:25 AM
https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1234012370071230

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Project Implementation - Mindanao Eymard Eje paid a courtesy visit to Police Chief Supt. Marcel Morales, Regional Director, PRO XI, and discussed the security protocols to be observed in the conduct of parcellary surveys along the line of the proposed Mindanao Railway Project Phase 1.

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Post by: adroth on November 09, 2018, 03:51:24 PM
Railway project questioned
LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR
November 7, 2018

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1772981

THE city government of Davao will question the lack of consultation over the Mindanao Railway Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) amid numerous complaints from affected homeowners.

“This Mindanao Railway will hit a lot of subdivisions in my district, so we are just appealing to re-adjust ‘yung dadaanan ng train,” Davao City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said during the City Council session Tuesday, November 6.

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Meanwhile, Dayanghirang said the City Council will meet with the Davao City Planning and Development Office, DPWH, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) on November 28 to settle the matter and avoid any delay in the implementation of the project.

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It was earlier reported that Dayanghirang received reports from residents in Cabantian that the contractor of the railway project is forcing residents to sign a document of no objection.

They also received complaints regarding issues on the acquisition of right-of-way.

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Post by: adroth on January 30, 2019, 02:32:21 PM
Davao City residents protest proposed Mindanao Railway project
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Dec 15 2018 05:46 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/15/18/davao-city-residents-protest-proposed-mindanao-railway-project

DAVAO CITY - Some property owners in golf and residential estates in Catalunan Pequeño here have complained against the proposed Mindanao Railway Project.

They said they were not consulted and were not properly informed about the project.

“We were not consulted. Most of us here are retirees. We chose this place because this is quiet. The golf course will be affected,” said Paulia Pestaño, one of the homeowners.

Residents attended the city council’s session last Monday to hear the explanation of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the project.

The DOTr reported during the session on Monday that among affected properties were real estate development projects, a golf course, a pharmaceutical laboratory, a proposed town plaza, and commercial developments among others.

In their report, DOTr officials also presented options for a realignment between the Mudiang and Davao stations, and the Monteritz town plaza and Holcim property so the proposed railway would bypass these areas.

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The construction of the P85-billion first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project is set to start in 2019.

It will have the following stations: Tagum City, Carmen, and Panabo City in Davao del Norte; Mudiang and Toril in Davao City; and Sta. Cruz and Digos City in Davao del Sur.
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Post by: adroth on February 02, 2019, 12:50:04 PM
Railway project to cover 18 hectares in Mudiang
LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR
January 18, 2019

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1783556/Davao/Local-News/Railway-project-to-cover-18-hectares-in-Mudiang

THE Mindanao Railway Project Tagum-Davao-Digos (MRP-TDD) will possibly cover 18 hectares in Barangay Mudiang, Davao City for its train station.

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In a separate interview, he said there will be three train stations in the city to be located in Barangays Mudiang, Maa, and Toril. Mudiang is the first station from the north.

After the presentation of the DOTr, residents of Barangay Mudiang expressed concern over the big portion that the project will cover for its train station.

Zozobrado told the residents that there have been no final points of areas affected by the MRP-TDD and that the presentation of DOTr is still an initial plan. He however, assured the residents that they will be fairly compensated if their properties get affected.

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Meanwhile, Transportation Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje commended the City Council for mediating over concerns of the residents and other property owners of the project.

“The MRP-TDD is about 80 to 85 percent final because we have already considered everything. We are just waiting for other stakeholders to submit necessary details to proceed with the final realignment,” he said.
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Post by: adroth on February 17, 2019, 04:54:18 PM
Davao won’t negotiate for railway RROW
By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV - JANUARY 30, 2019 4:59 PM

https://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2019/01/davao-wont-negotiate-for-railway-rrow/

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 30 January) – Negotiating for the road right of way (RROW) for phase 1 of the 1,550-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project is not the job of the local government unit, an incensed Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In an interview on Tuesday, Duterte said this explains why she did not sign the memorandum of agreement with the DOTr in December 2018 for the transfer of funds as the “acquisition of the road right of way of a national project is not the job of the LGU.”

“I refused to accept that responsibility, kasi dapat iniisip nila yan on their part kasi that is their project. So, bakit kami tatanggap ng pera para gawin ang trabaho nila? (they should also think that on their part because that is their project. Why should we accept the money to do their job?),” she said.
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Post by: adroth on February 20, 2019, 08:27:51 AM
Mindanao railway project moving slow, says MinDA chief
By Antonio L. Colina IV -
February 13, 2019 4:11 pm

https://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2019/02/mindanao-railway-project-moving-slow-says-minda-chief/?fbclid=IwAR1HnLtk8DyO5xOBW_rKdFqsz4eh1Y4EcodaILFWC-_9NOuYsi3DNAi5mDg

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – Phase 1 of the 1,550-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project is moving slow with only three years to accomplish it before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Abul Khayr Alonto said in an interview on Tuesday.

“I am not happy. Why should I be happy when it’s not moving. It’s too slow. Time is not ours. This is a borrowed time.  We are only talking about more than three years, so we have to move fast,” Alonto said.

He said he asked the President to let his agency implement the railway project instead of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) because “they are too busy in Manila” and “MinDA speaks for Mindanao and MinDA knows what Mindanao wants, not what Manila wants.”

He said it is now the call of the President if he would grant their wish to become the lead implementing agency of the project.

“If we are honest-to-goodness in helping Mindanao, what we are asking Manila is to allow us to grow and develop,” he added.

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Post by: adroth on February 21, 2019, 08:05:37 AM
No Chinese ODA has been firmed up for Mindanao Railway
By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV - NOVEMBER 28, 2018 6:25 PM

https://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2018/11/no-chinese-oda-has-been-firmed-up-for-mindanao-railway/

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – The government has yet to firm up agreements with the Chinese government for the official development assistance (ODA) of the first Tagum City-Davao City-Digos City segment of the Mindanao Railway Project three months before its target groundbreaking set on February 2019.

Finance Secretary Carlos G Dominguez, said during a press conference Wednesday during the Sulong Pilipinas 2018 at the SMX Convention Center Davao, that only around 20 percent of the budget for the first segment of the Mindanao Railway Project will come from domestic funds while the rest will come from the Chinese government with “possible participation for financing from multilateral agencies operating in this area.”

He said the government will also consult Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for funding of the first segment.

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Post by: adroth on June 12, 2019, 12:26:27 PM
Mindanao railway construction pushed to Q4 due to alignment issues
May 6, 2019 | 1:17 am

https://www.bworldonline.com/mindanao-railway-construction-pushed-to-q4-due-to-alignment-issues/

DAVAO CITY — Construction of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) has been moved to the fourth quarter this year as the government reviews the alignment in Davao City following resistance from affected homeowners.

In August last year, Project Manager Patricia Melizza B. Ruivivar — after presenting the plan to the Davao City council — said the first phase of the MRS, covering the 102-kilometer Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) segment, was targeted to start by Jan. 2019.

Transport Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, in a press conference here Friday for the Tsuper Iskolar scholarship program launch, said that his department has already finalized the alignment and the downloading of funds for right-of-way acquisition, but residents of a gated subdivision in the city have appealed for reconsideration.

In February this year, members of the Monteritz Classic Estates Homeowners Association Inc. (MCEHAI) asked the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to review the railway’s alignment, particularly the viaduct that would hit their area with 40 homeowners and 67 lot owners affected.

Also in February, the South Pacific Golf and Leisure Estates Homeowners Association appealed for reconsideration. No house in the high-end subdivision will be directly hit by the train track, but it will traverse the 18-hole golf course, including its newly built clubhouse, which cost P550 million.

Eymard D. Eje, Department of Transportation assistant secretary for Project Implementation-Mindanao Cluster, said his office has been working to resolve the issues, emphasizing that the new transport system is being planned to cause the least public disturbance.

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Despite the delay, the Transport chief said the department is intent on having the railway at least partially operational by 2022.

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Post by: adroth on August 01, 2019, 02:24:46 AM
Mindanao Railway project specs altered to hurry implementation
July 16, 2019 | 9:32 pm

https://www.bworldonline.com/mindanao-railway-project-specs-altered-to-hurry-implementation/

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said costs were adjusted upward for the Mindanao Railway Project Phase 1 due to the need to traverse rolling terrain, while the rail line was downgraded to single track and non-electric to speed up implementation.

Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John R. Batan told reporters Tuesday that the approved project cost more than doubled to P82.9 billion from P35.9 billion previously because earlier studies had assumed that the rail line would cross flat terrain.

“Feasibility study from 2015 to 2017 assumed (the route to be) flat. But if you look at the alignment of Tagum-Davao-Digos, it’s not flat, it’s rolling… we need some infrastructure adjustments, some civil works adjustments such as elevated viaducts and deep cuts, which is the primary driver of our increase in cost,” he said.

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With the approval from NEDA, the DoTr now hopes to sign the loan agreement for the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment with the government of China within the first half of next year. Construction is also eyed to begin in parallel with the loan signing.

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“The commitment of China to finance the project has not changed from the time that they made that commitment in 2018.”

Mr. Batan said based on the general terms, China is expected to finance up to 80-85% of the Tagum-Davao-Digos railway’s total project cost. — Denise A. Valdez
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Post by: adroth on August 10, 2019, 11:38:05 PM
No money yet from ‘friend’ China for costlier part of Mindanao railway
Ben O. de Vera -   4 weeks ago

https://business.inquirer.net/274750/no-money-yet-from-friend-china-for-costlier-part-of-mindanao-railway

The more expensive initial phase of the massive Mindanao Railway Project running through the Davao Region would be funded by the Philippines as no agreement has been reached yet with China for funding despite the Duterte administration’s tight embrace of the Asian behemoth as a friend.

In a statement on Monday (July 15), the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said the Interagency Coordinating Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-Cabcom) last week approved a proposal to more than double the projected cost of the Mindanao Railway Project Phase 1 (Tagum-Davao-Digos) segment to P82.9 billion.

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Post by: adroth on August 15, 2019, 08:41:24 AM
China still keen on financing Mindanao Railway
Czeriza Valencia (The Philippine Star) - August 13, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — China is still intent on financing the first segment of the Mindanao Railway Project that will cut through the cities of Tagum, Davao and Digos in Mindanao, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

In a recent interview, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia said the progress on several infrastructure projects up for financing may be taken up during President Duterte’s visit in China this month.

“It’s scheduled for China (financing), as of now, the first segment,” he told reporters.

The Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee of NEDA approved last month the increase in project cost for the Mindanao Railway Project Phase 1-Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment (MRP-TDD) to P82.9 billion from the previously approved project cost of P35.9 billion in 2017.

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Read more at https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/08/13/1942792/china-still-keen-financing-mindanao-railway#ik6pMB67WoyitORd.99
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Post by: adroth on August 20, 2019, 09:47:33 PM
Davao biz leaders hail new design for Mindanao Railway Project
By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV -JULY 19, 2019 3:47 PM

https://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2019/07/davao-biz-leaders-hail-new-design-for-mindanao-railway-project/

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – Local business leaders welcomed the decision to build an P82.9-billion modern dual track, electricity-run railway instead of a P35.9-billion single track, diesel-run one for the first phase of the 1,550-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project.

The design was approved during the National Economic and Development Authority-Board’s Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee deliberation on July 10, 2019.

Arturo Milan, president of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. welcomed the board’s approval of the change in scope and budget for the 102-km railway project that will stretch from Tagum City in Davao del Norte to Davao City, and then to Digos City.

Phase 1 would have eight stations, namely: Tagum; Carmen; Panabo; Mudiang in Bunawan, Davao City; Davao Terminal; Toril; Sta. Cruz and Digos.

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The approved changes in the project scope included changing from a single track to dual track railway; from diesel to electrified railway with 25 kV electrified overhead for the catenary system transmission of electrical energy to the trains wherein the wires are situated above the rails and 26 electrical multiple units; from 102-km. fully at-grade railway to 100 km railway with viaduct for the 26-km. elevated portion; and addition of the satellite depot in Davao City aside from main depot to be located in Tagum City.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the railway’s first segment will reduce travel time from Tagum to Digos from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once it starts operating in 2022.

It added the rail line will be built with a single track, with provisions for future tracks and electrification. It will have six five-car passenger trains with three spare cars, four locomotives and 15 freight cars.

Upon project completion, the DOTr expects the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to increase to 134,060 by 2022.

The DOTr projects the daily ridership to further increase to 237,023 by 2032 and 375,134 by 2042. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)
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Post by: adroth on August 31, 2019, 05:50:41 AM
PH, China to sign ₱14-B loan for Bicol railway during Duterte-Xi meet
By Melissa Luz Lopez, CNN Philippines

Published Aug 28, 2019 6:27:23 PM

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Last week, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the Philippines may also ink a loan deal for the ₱82.9-billion Mindanao railway project during the bilateral meetings scheduled in Beijing.

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https://cnnphilippines.com/business/2019/8/28/Bicol-railway-loan-signing-Duterte-Xi-meeting-.html
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Post by: adroth on September 21, 2019, 06:15:34 AM
Mindanao Railway starts construction in Q1 2020
Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) - September 17, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Construction of the first segment of the country’s first train system outside Luzon, which will be financed through an official development assistance from China, is poised to commence by the first quarter of next year, with its contractor to be known before the year ends, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

DOTr Assistant Secretary for railways and Mindanao projects Eymard Eje said bidding for the construction of the first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project is scheduled on November, with the project’s groundbreaking set by early next year.

China will provide a shortlist of three contractors for the project. The DOTr will then select which contractor will undertake the project through a limited competitive bidding.

Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project is a 102-kilometer rail line that will link the Davao Region through Tagum, Davao City, and Digos.

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Post by: adroth on September 21, 2019, 06:18:14 AM
Chinese eye Mindanao rail
By: Bong S. Sarmiento - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:00 AM September 17, 2019

DAVAO CITY—At least four Chinese companies have already expressed interest to build an P82.9-billion segment of the Mindanao railway project (MRP), government officials said.

Eymard Eje, Department of Transportation (DoTr) assistant secretary for project implementation-Mindanao cluster, named state-owned Chinese firms China Railway International Group (CRIG) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) among those interested in the project.

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Post by: adroth on October 01, 2019, 02:07:03 PM
Bidding for Mindanao railway opens in November
By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV -SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 5:28 PM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will open for bidding phase 1 of the 1,550-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project in November 2019, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol announced early Friday.

Piñol made the announcement after his meeting with Transportation Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje on Thursday to discuss the progress of the delayed railway project.

Phase 1 will cover 102 kilometers connecting Tagum City, Davao City, and Digos City, and would have eight stations, namely: Tagum; Carmen; Panabo; Mudiang in Bunawan, Davao City; Davao Terminal; Toril; Sta. Cruz; and Digos.

The government had set aside P6 billion from the 2018 General Appropriations Act for the road right of way acquisition for properties along the railway path.

Piñol said the groundbreaking is expected to take place early next year.

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Post by: adroth on October 01, 2019, 02:12:01 PM
Chinese eye Mindanao rail
By: Bong S. Sarmiento - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:00 AM September 17, 2019

DAVAO CITY—At least four Chinese companies have already expressed interest to build an P82.9-billion segment of the Mindanao railway project (MRP), government officials said.

[size=10]Eymard Eje, Department of Transportation (DoTr) assistant secretary for project implementation-Mindanao cluster, named state-owned Chinese firms China Railway International Group (CRIG) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) among those interested in the project.[/size]

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China Railway International Group

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China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation

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Post by: adroth on October 06, 2019, 05:42:19 AM
Duterte’s dream train still stuck at the station
China-backed Mindanao Railway Project has yet to break ground though a Beijing envoy tells Asia Times the project is still on track

By BONG S SARMIENTO, DAVAO CITY

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/09/article/dutertes-dream-train-still-stuck-at-the-station/

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Eje said that China, as the project’s main funder, is expected to nominate at least three of its state-run contractors to participate in the MRP-TDD’s bidding. He also said land acquisition for the line would affect some 1,900 landowners, representing a potential political risk to the project.


Eje identified potentially interested state-owned Chinese firms as China Railway International Group (CRIG) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

CRIG is a subsidiary of the China Railway Group Ltd, a Fortune 500 global company, according to its website. China Railway’s core business is the construction of railway infrastructure, both at home and abroad.

CCECC has expanded from an international railway contractor to project contracting, civil engineering design and consulting, labor services cooperation, real estate and trading. It has projects underway in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.

Li Lin, China’s consul general in Mindanao’s Davao City, tipped China State Construction Engineering Corp (CSCEC) and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) as also potentially interested in bidding on the project.

CSCEC constructed drug rehabilitation centers built and financed by the Chinese government in the Mindanao provinces of Sarangani and Agusan del Sur, Li said.

CCCC, which also specializes in building highways and railways, is conducting the feasibility studies for a bridge and expressway in Davao City, both donations of the Chinese government, Li noted.

CSCEC, which bid for but was not awarded the rehabilitation contract for war-torn Marawi City, and CCCC have already established representative offices in Davao City, the Chinese diplomat said.

Li said looking to Chinese firms as potential developers for the MRP-TDD is part of the “package of agreement” that comes with China’s loans and donations for infrastructure projects.

He was quick to add, however, that the Philippine government “could choose non-Chinese firms if it thinks they are better than Chinese companies.”

Li described the Mindanao railway “as one of the major cooperation projects between China and the Philippines” following President Xi’s state visit to Manila last November, an occasion that upgraded bilateral ties to “comprehensive, strategic cooperative relations,” according to Li.

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Post by: adroth on October 25, 2019, 09:55:49 PM
PH not canceling China-funded projects while gov't reviews infra goals: Pernia
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Oct 24 2019 06:57 PM

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Among the China-funded projects that are set to proceed are the Kaliwa Dam, Subic-Clark railway, Manila to Bicol railway, Mindanao railway, an expressway in Mindanao, and 2 bridges over the Pasig River.

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Post by: adroth on November 10, 2019, 01:52:40 PM
DOTr undertakes ‘catch-up plan’ amid delays in Mindanao Rail
By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV -OCTOBER 5, 2018 4:05 PM

https://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2018/10/dotr-undertakes-catch-up-plan-amid-delays-in-mindanao-rail/

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Oct) – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is undertaking a “catch-up plan” for the implementation of the first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) amid the delays caused by the change in scope and cost of the project.

Patricia Melizza B. Ruivivar, MRP deputy manager, said in an interview on Friday that they cannot proceed with the bidding immediately because the project still needs to get the approval of the National Economic Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee (NEDA-ICC).

The Phase 1 Tagum City-Davao City-Digos City (TDD) line needs another approval from NEDA-ICC brought about by the change in scope and cost of the project after DOTr changed it to two-track electricity-run railway instead of one-track and diesel-run locomotive.

Pending approval of the NEDA-ICC, she said the DOTr undertakes the catch-up plan, including geo-technical works from Davao City to Digos City. The Davao City-Tagum City portion has just been completed, she added.

Also, she said the 90-day parcellary survey on the affected properties affected has commenced in September 2018 and will be finished by next month.

Another preparation is the environmental survey which they expect to be completed by January 2019, so that the environmental compliance certificate will be released by February, she said.

The DOTr hopes to start the construction of Phase 1 by first quarter of next year.

“The timeline has not yet changed as far as I know. Catch up plan is being implemented the best we can,” she said.

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Post by: adroth on November 14, 2019, 11:18:03 AM
LIST: Duterte's new and shelved infrastructure projects
There are dozens of new Build, Build, Build projects, including the Cebu Monorail System, Kanan Dam, and another MRT line. Some appear to be scrapped, including a huge chunk of the Mindanao Railway.

Ralf Rivas
Published 9:00 AM, November 13, 2019
Updated 9:00 AM, November 13, 2019

https://www.rappler.com/business/244791-list-duterte-new-shelved-infrastructure-projects

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte administration will not be pursuing at least 29 of its original big-ticket infrastructure projects, according to its new list.

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The 2nd phase of the Mindanao Railway amounting to P71.6 billion is not on the new list. China was previously eyed to fund the massive project.

The list also showed that the P72.1-billion Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge is likely shelved for the next administrations to study.

As previously said by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, the 18.2-kilometer Luzon-Samar Link Bridge (P57.7 billion), 23-kilometer Leyte-Surigao Bridge (P47.4 billion), and 24.5-kilometer Cebu-Bohol Bridge (P56.6 billion) will not be implemented by the Duterte administration.

The following projects are not included in the new list and are likely not pushing through:


Meanwhile, Rappler spotted 62 new projects on Duterte's new list.

The most expensive of all 100 projects is the New Manila International Airport amounting to P735.6 billion, as of the latest government estimate.

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At least 7 of the 10 most expensive projects will be pursued through a PPP arrangement. (READ: Duterte's team changes tune on PPPs as infra push gets reality check)


The upgrade for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is estimated to cost over P101 billion.

The Cavite-Bataan Interlink Bridge, amounting to P187 billion, was proposed back in 2016, according to an earlier report by the Inquirer.

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 11 project involves the construction of an approximately 18-kilometer railway from Balintawak in Quezon City, traversing Quirino Highway, Novaliches, and Zabarte Road in Caloocan City, up to Barangay Gaya-Gaya in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

The MRT7, which is currently under construction, has also been added to Duterte's list. It will have 14 stations, from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation has started the study for the Cebu Monorail System, according to a report from Cebu Daily News.

Another notable addition to the list is the Kanan Dam. Former Quezon 3rd District representative Danilo Suarez, now governor of the province, previously urged the government to consider the project instead of the controversial Kaliwa Dam. However, it seems that Duterte is pushing for both projects.

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Post by: adroth on December 01, 2019, 11:53:18 AM
Dream train for Mindanao still in the doldrums
By BONG S. SARMIENTO -NOVEMBER 27, 2019 12:41 PM

https://www.mindanews.com/special-reports/2019/11/dream-train-for-mindanao-still-in-the-doldrums/

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – More than halfway into President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term, the dream train that he promised to build in Mindanao, potentially using Official Development Assistance (ODA) from China for the first phase, has yet to gain steam.

The development of a railway facility in the south failed to take off in the past 50 years spanning six presidents until the then Davao City mayor revived it as a campaign promise in the 2016 presidential race.

Duterte, the country’s first president from Mindanao whose term will end on June 30, 2022, formally identified the Mindanao railway as one of the government’s priority infrastructure projects during his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2016.

But three years on, not a single hole had been dug for the ceremonial groundbreaking rites usually afforded to big-ticket projects.

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China has committed to fund Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP), an offshoot, among others, of the warming bilateral ties between the two countries following Duterte’s pivot to Beijing months after assuming power in 2016.

The MRP’s Tagum-Davao Digos (MRP-TDD) segment, stretching 102 kilometers, was supposed to start last year but design changes delayed the target.

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New construction target set in 2020

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the groundbreaking of the MRP-TDD, due to the bidding and ODA funding process, “may commence within the first quarter of 2020 and could be partially operated in February 2022.”

“As discussed during a project coordinating meeting, it is very likely that the design and build contract can be awarded around the end of January 2020,” Eymard Eje, DOTr Assistant Secretary for project implementation-Mindanao cluster, told MindaNews.

In an email, Eje said they expected the ODA loan agreement with China to be signed by March or April 2020.

Citing the bid document as of August, Eje said the winning contractor is required to partially operate (PO) the MRP-TDD segment 24 months after the notice to proceed is granted.

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Design changes

Based on the original feasibility study, which the NEDA commissioned to a local joint venture composed of Schema Konsults, Inc., Engineering & Development Corporation of the Philippines, and Pacific Rim Innovation & Management Exponents, Inc., the MRP-TDD segment would be constructed as a single-rail track and diesel-run train.

A study conducted by consultants of the Asian Development Bank in 2018 increased the cost to P80 billion with the upgrading to a modern dual track, electricity-run railway and due to additional structures such as viaducts and bridges.

Eje added that after further evaluation by the Arup Ove & Partners Hongkong Ltd., the cost was pegged at about P83 billion, which the ICC-Cabcom approved.

The higher cost was due to further changes in the civil and structural work for the slopes and embankments and the incremental cost on fixed items such as engineering, project management consultants and project management teams, he explained.

Chinese contractors

With China funding the MRP-TDD, it will also have the power to recommend the developers to join the bidding.

Eje identified the state-owned Chinese firms that so far signified interest to construct the MRP-TDD as the China Railway International Group (CRIG) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

CRIG is a subsidiary of China Railway Group Ltd., one of the Fortune 500 Global Companies, according to its website. China Railway’s core business is constructing railway infrastructure at home and abroad.

On the other hand, the CCECC, from being an international railway contractor, has expanded to project contracting, civil engineering design and consultancy, labor services cooperation, real estate development, and import and export trading as well. It has projects in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.

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He added that for this segment, the road right of way acquisition will affect some 1,900 landowners.

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Li said that tapping Chinese firms as potential developers forms part of the “package of agreement” that will go with the loans or donations Beijing would extend to Mindanao.

But he was quick to say that the Philippine government “could choose non-Chinese firms if it thinks they are better than Chinese companies.”

Li described the Mindanao railway “as one of the major cooperation projects between China and the Philippines,” following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Manila last November.

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Incumbent MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said “the bidding for the MRP-TDD is slated this November” and the groundbreaking and construction early next year.

“A group of Chinese engineering consultants is now preparing the ground work for the succeeding phases of the railway system,” he said in a recent Facebook post.

The MRP-TDD is just the first phase of the 2,000-km railroad that the government plans to establish across the island.

Barring any more delays, Eje, the assistant secretary at DOTr, which is spearheading the Mindanao Railway Project, said the partial operation of the MRP-TDD “would happen in February 2022.”

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Post by: adroth on December 03, 2019, 07:10:02 AM
NEDA board confirms ICC approval of 7 new projects worth P187.34B
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Nov 29 2019 07:19 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/11/29/19/neda-board-confirms-icc-approval-of-7-new-projects-worth-p18734b

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The NEDA Board also confirmed the Investment Coordination Committee's approval of the increase in cost and change in scope of the Mindanao Railway Project - Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to P81.69 billion, the statement said.
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Post by: adroth on December 09, 2019, 03:46:57 PM
NEDA BOARD APPROVES MINDANAO RAILWAY PROJECT - PHASE 1

https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1541781092627688

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has confirmed the earlier approval given by the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee - Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) for the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment or Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP-TDD).

In its meeting on Friday, 29 November 2019, the NEDA Board confirmed the 10 July 2019 and 27 September 2019 approvals given by the ICC-CabCom for the project.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade thanked the decision of the NEDA Board, saying the move brings the Mindanao Railway Project closer to realization.

“This builds on the dream of President Rodrigo Duterte to generate development in Mindanao through an efficient rail system that will not only move people throughout the island of Mindanao, but will also generate needed economic growth,” said Secretary Tugade.

The MRP-TDD is the first phase of the proposed 830-kilometer MRP Loop. It aims to establish a 74-km at-grade and 26-km elevated (viaduct) commuter railway from Tagum City in Davao del Norte to Digos City in Davao del Sur.

Phase 1 will have eight stations located in Tagum, Carmen, Panabo, Mudiang, Davao, Toril, Sta. Cruz, and Digos.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary and Government Infrastructure Cluster head Mark Villar positively noted the NEDA Board’s decision.

“This project will surely benefit those who call Mindanao their home, and also those doing business in the island. As the first railway to be built outside of Luzon, the MRP will transform the socio-economic landscape of Mindanao,” Secretary Villar said.

For his part, Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, Secretary Vince Dizon, emphasized the President’s vision of spurring economic growth throughout the country through infrastructure development.

“The BBB Program has one clear aspiration, that is, to spread development not just in major urban centers but throughout the country. The Mindanao Railway Project as a major transport infrastructure development is part of the realization of this goal,” Secretary Dizon stated.

Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project is designed to accommodate around 130,000 passengers per day in its first year of full operations. Once fully operational, travel time between Tagum City to Digos City will be reduced from currently 3.5 hours to just 1.3 hours.

Partial operations are targeted by the second quarter of 2022 for the Tagum-Davao line, while full operations for the Tagum-Davao-Digos line will be in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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Post by: adroth on December 10, 2019, 12:36:48 AM
Approximate locations of MRS Phase 1

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Post by: adroth on December 11, 2019, 09:16:48 AM
DOTr seeks to start massive Mindanao railway plan in early ’20
By: Miguel R. Camus - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:38 AM December 07, 2019

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) wants to break ground on the first phase of the massive Mindanao Railway Project—among the big-ticket infrastructure deals to be financed mainly by the Chinese government—by early 2020.

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board earlier gave its approval for the P81.7-billion project, which involved a 100-kilometer train line between Tagum, Davao and Digos.
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The DOTr said phase one would involve a 74-km at-grade section and a 26-km elevated commuter railway line. It is part of the planned 830-km Mindanao Railway Loop, which would connect key portions of Mindanao and would likely be financed with a loan from China.

Eymard Eje, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Projects, said they were first working on the so-called project contract agreement before singing the official development assistance loan deal.

“It would be the DOF [Department of Finance] who would obtain the loan,” he said.

He said the DOTr was waiting for a list of three bidders from China for two bid packages. These are for the project monitoring consultancy and the design and build contractor.

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Post by: adroth on December 12, 2019, 01:51:16 PM
https://www.facebook.com/130406490431829/posts/1548717901934007

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Railways and Mindanao Projects Eymard Eje met with Gen. Filmore Escobal, Regional Director of PNP Regional Office 11, yesterday at Camp Catitipan in Lanang, Davao City.

During the meeting, Asec. Eje discussed with Gen. Escobal security matters regarding the implementation of the Mindanao Railway Project following its approval by the NEDA Board.

Gen. Escobal expressed his support to the project and committed to provide security to all activities that will be undertaken by the MRP PMO team along the entire proposed alignment of the railway project.

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Post by: adroth on December 23, 2019, 02:05:39 PM
FB post of the Tagum City Planning and Development Office

https://www.facebook.com/tagumcityCPDO/photos/a.812186559143132/1007123012982818/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

In line with the ongoing implementation of the Mindanao Railway Project: Tagum – Davao – Digos Segment under the “Build Build Build” Program, the Department of Transportation – Project Management Office will conduct a PUBLIC CONSULATION on December 12, 2019 1:00 PM at Brgy San Miguel Gym, Tagum City.

The said activity aims to address and elucidate conceivable issues and concerns of the Project Affected Individuals in relation to the Right of Way and Site Acquisition of the Mindanao Railway Project.

ALL PROJECT AFFECTED PERSONS (PAP) & LOT/PROPERTY OWNERS AFFECTED BY THE RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY FOR THE TAGUM SEGMENT IN BRGY MANKILAM AND BRGY SAN MIGUEL ARE INVITED TO THE SAID ACTIVITY

For verification/inquiries please message our facebook page or text us thru 09297894994.

You may also visit our office at 3rd Floor, New City Hall, JV Ayala Ave., Apokon, Tagum City and look for Mr. Ley Meynard Opeña

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Post by: adroth on December 30, 2019, 09:27:15 PM
Road-right-of-way markers in Sitio Uyanguren, Tigatto shared by a Mindanao Railway Watchers member

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Post by: adroth on January 04, 2020, 01:59:09 PM
3 major China-PH projects  starting
Published January 4, 2020, 12:30 AM

https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/01/04/3-major-china-ph-projects-starting/

Three  major  China-Philippines  projects  took off in the closing months  of 2019 – the start of the Reed Bank  joint  gas and oil development west of Palawan,  President  Duterte’s directive to proceed  with the P12.2-billion  Kaliwa Dam project  in Rizal and Quezon, and the roll-off of the P175-billion 650-kilometer South Rail Long Haul project  in Bicol.

These  are  three  of the projects  funded  by grants and loans from China.  These grants  totaled  $398 million in 2019,  with $400 million more expected  in  2022. These  are  on  top of  $500 million in soft loans granted for 2020 and planned in succeeding  years.

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Aside from  Reed Bank, Kaliwa Dam, and  South Rail,  other new projects under “Package  2” are due to start,  including the Mindanao Railway,  the Davao Expressway, and the Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros bridge.  This may  yet be  the biggest year  in Philippine-Chinese economic relations.
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Post by: adroth on January 13, 2020, 10:33:34 PM
Partial operations of Mindanao rail to start within Q2
January 13, 2020 | 12:11 am   
PEXELS_BRETT SAYLES

https://www.bworldonline.com/partial-operations-of-mindanao-rail-to-start-within-q2/

THE Mindanao Railway Project’s Tagum-Davao segment has been set an operational target date of the second quarter, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.

“Partial operations are targeted by the second quarter of 2020 for the Tagum-Davao line,” the DoTr said in its annual report obtained by BusinessWorld last week.

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade confirmed this in a chance interview on Jan. 8.

“Pero marami pa tayong problema d’yan. Siyempre maraming ayaw dumaan ‘yung tren sa bahay nila (there are still many problems with the system, including many people who do not want the train near their homes),” he said.

Asked about the status of the right-of-way acquisition for the project, he said: “Hindi ko masabi ‘yung extent pero inaasikaso na ngayon ‘yan (I can’t give an estimate but we are working on it).”

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Post by: adroth on January 30, 2020, 03:27:45 PM
Road-right-of-way markers in Baliok, Toril. These reportedly went up in November last year

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Post by: adroth on February 01, 2020, 11:31:32 AM
Tagging of structures continue. This property in Catalunan Grande was tagged on January 30, 2020

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Post by: adroth on February 05, 2020, 01:00:20 PM
Another tagged home in Deca Homes in Catalunan Grande

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Post by: adroth on February 05, 2020, 03:09:24 PM
Big projects to start soon
BY SAMANTHA BURGOS ON JANUARY 28, 2020

https://mindanaotimes.com.ph/2020/01/29/big-projects-to-start-soon/

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Maria Lourdes Lim, NEDA XI regional director, said last Jan. 24, among the big ticket projects for this year include the Mindanao Railway project, particularly the Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) segment with a total of P82.9 billion cost.

Lim said the expected construction of the TDD railway will commence in the first semester of this year.

“TDD is expected to be partially operational in 2022. The full operation is expected to be implemented in the year 2023,” she said.
Lim said this project will provide passengers traveling from Tagum City, Davao del Norte and Digos, Davao del Sur a safe, fast, and reliable transport option.

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Post by: adroth on February 06, 2020, 12:28:42 PM
Villa Constancia in Catalunan Pequeno

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on February 07, 2020, 01:14:39 PM
DoTr to keep Mindanao railway single track, keeps options open
February 5, 2020 | 10:23 pm

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it will proceed with a single-track and non-electrified system configuration of the Mindanao Railway Project, overruling appeals from the Davao Regional Development Council to adopt a two-track, electric configuration.

“We have an investment approval. Again, we are an implementing agency. We will implement what has been approved. We will implement it in a manner that makes it as much as possible simpler to upgrade or later on to convert it to a double-track and electrified system. That’s what we will do,” Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John R. Batan told BusinessWorld in a recent interview.

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The Tagum-Davao-Digos segment, which will be funded via official development assistance (ODA) provided by China, is the first of the three segments of the P81.686-billion Mindanao Railway Project.
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on February 11, 2020, 02:33:26 PM
Photos c/o MVB Rent A Car

https://www.facebook.com/MindanaoRailWatch/posts/2889415784659156

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on February 16, 2020, 11:05:40 PM
https://www.facebook.com/MindanaoRailWatch/posts/2898360850431316

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on February 19, 2020, 12:35:45 AM
DOTr reports that public consultations regarding the Mindanao Railway in Tagum, Digos, Carmen, Sta Cruz, and Panabo have all been completed

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on February 28, 2020, 01:52:19 AM
More tags in Bato, Toril. This photo was not taken by the property owner, so out of respect, identifiable information has been removed.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on March 06, 2020, 02:15:37 PM
A community member sent the following photo to ask if this is a valid notice, so we forwarded to this to the DOTR. The Project Manager of the Mindanao Railway Project office confirms that this notice is legitimate. This indicates that the property was unattended when the initial census was taken, and this notice specifies when they would try again. Out of respect of the privacy of the member who sent shared this notice their tag number has been edited.

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About the contractor that is performing the census and survey

https://www.galerioenvi.com/

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on March 08, 2020, 12:52:46 AM
The contractor conducting the Mindanao Railway Project survey shared the following an undated photo on its website. Note the red path showing the alignment.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on March 08, 2020, 04:55:35 AM
Railway alignment and re-design: complete. Public consultations in Tagum, Carmen, Panabo, Davao, Santa Cruz, and Digos: complete. On-ground survey: ongoing. Per-lot-owner census: ongoing. Tick . . . tock . . . tick.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on June 05, 2020, 04:55:24 PM
https://www.facebook.com/TVPatrolSouthernMindanao/photos/a.516292631761904/3200464850011322/

Siniguro ng Malacañang na matutuloy ang mga malalaking proyekto sa Mindanao gaya ng Mindanao railway at Davao-Samal bridge, sa kabila ng banta ng COVID-19.

Ayon kay BDCA president at government flagship projects secretary Vince Dizon, “Matutuloy po ang Mindanao Railway Phase 1. 'Yun pong Tagum-Davao-Digos phase ng Mindanao railway. At matutuloy din ang Davao-Samal bridge."

"Makakaasa po ang ating mga kababayan dito sa Mindanao lalo na sa Davao region na matutuloy ang mga proyektong ito."
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on July 24, 2020, 06:53:08 AM
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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on August 05, 2020, 12:53:45 PM
Regional Updates (07/22/20)
July 23, 2020 | 1:00 am

https://www.bworldonline.com/regional-updates-07-22-20/

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PRE-CONSTRUCTION

Meanwhile, Project Manager Clipton J. Solamo said they are aiming to complete all the pre-construction activities by the third quarter this year. This involves right-of-way (ROW) and site acquisition, area inspections, project alignment, and meetings with officials and residents of affected communities. “We are targeting to finish the pre-construction works within the third quarter of this year,” Mr. Solamo said in a text message. The National Economic and Development Authority approved a single track, diesel-run railway system for the initial segment, but Mr. Eje said they are acquiring a 40-meter wide ROW for the entire line as a provision for a possible upgrade to a dual track electric system in the future. — Maya M. Padillo

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on August 06, 2020, 05:50:32 AM
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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on September 12, 2020, 03:16:37 PM
https://www.facebook.com/MindanaoRailWatch/posts/3077623622505037

A community member shared the following sketch plan of a property in Catalunan Grande that will be affected by the Mindanao Railway Project. To protect the owner's privacy, the owner's name, the specific lot, and other identifiers were removed. Note that half of the property will be taken up by the right-of-way.

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on September 24, 2020, 02:42:33 AM
I sent that message to both the Pag-IBIG official email address as well as the Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO). The MRPO responded first.

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From the looks of it, a lot of the balls are in Pag-IBIG's court. After I forwarded them the MRPO's email, I finally got the following result

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on October 10, 2020, 11:44:46 PM
https://youtu.be/1xinox3KTEw

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on October 12, 2020, 03:04:29 PM
Relatively old news report. But this at least the locations of the stations in this report come from a government source

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First phase of Mindanao railway to connect three cities
PIA Davao Region


https://www.facebook.com/piadavaoregion/posts/983644198484767

DAVAO CITY, July 31, 2018 (PIA) The first phase of the Mindanao Railway System will connect initially three cities namely Tagum, Davao and Digos in Davao Region at a distance of 102 kilometers.

Patmei Ruivivar, spokesperson for the Mindanao Railway System Project in her audience with the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Dabaw said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte intends to have the initial bulk of the project in Davao Region connecting the cities of Tagum, Davao and Digos from 2018 to 2021.

She said the segment will have eight stations wherein three will be located in Davao City.

“It will initially start as a passenger train, but there will also be a provision for cargo later on,” Ruivivar said.

She said the railway system will have its main depot in Tagum City and an ancillary depot in Davao City.

Ruivivar said that the original plan of the project was to make a single track for a diesel-fueled train, but due to the changes, the project will now cost P90-Billion from the original P35-Billion-budget.

She said the project was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority in July 2017, but the railway system will be dual track and powered by electricity.

“We need the NEDA approval at this time,” Ruivivar said.

She said that based on the plan, the Tagum train station will be located in Barangay Mankilam, Tagum City, where the Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol is located.

Ruivivar said that from Tagum City, the railway system will traverse towards Carmen train station, in particular the road towards Kapalong-Sto. Tomas near the creek; along TADECO road in Panabo; three stations in Davao City, namely Mudiang in Mahayag,  Magtuod where the central station will be located; SM property in Toril; Astorga in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and the DASURECO property in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

She said the president also plans to have more than a thousand-kilometre railway-system before his term ends.
Ruivivar said the railway system for Mindanao will be an inter-regional structure similar to the Amtrak in the United States of America that will eventually connect all of Mindanao with an overall distance at 12,500 kilometers.

“It is not an urban transport system but an inter-regional transport system that will connect key urban centers in Mindanao, with three corridors namely the Corridor 1:Davao-Nabunturan-Butuan; Corridor II- Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan and Corridor III- Iligan-Cotabato-Davao,” she said.

Ruivivar said the railway will also include areas even as far as Zamboanga, then Davao to Cagayan de Oro that will cut the travel time from six hours to two hours.

She said travel time will indeed be cut down to a minimum number of hours with Davao to Cagayan de Oro: two hours; Davao to Zamboanga: six hours; Davao to General Santos: one hour and thirty minutes; Cagayan de Oro to Iligan: 54 minutes; Cagayan de oro to Zamboanga: four hours and 55 minutes; Cagayan de Oro to General Santos: 1 hour and 30 minutes; Cagayan de Oro- Butuan: one hour and thirty minutes and eventually Butuan to Davao: three hours.  (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on October 18, 2020, 03:57:02 PM
Tagum

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Carmen

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Panabo

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Mudiang (Davao North)

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Langub (Davao Central)

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Bato (Davao South)

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Sta. Cruz

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Digos

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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on March 09, 2021, 12:43:03 PM
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Title: Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
Post by: adroth on April 02, 2021, 11:09:24 PM
https://youtu.be/oKeOZdcDSp0

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