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Title: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on December 03, 2019, 08:20:48 AM
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The design for the railway has gone through its share of changes. This thread focuses on the most up-to-date information, and keeps track of these changes.

Title: Re: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on December 03, 2019, 08:21:00 AM
In April 2018, the proposed dual-track electrified railway was downgraded to a single-track diesel system

Security, other issues cloud dream of Mindanao Railway System
By: Judy Quiros, Julie Alipala - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:25 AM April 24, 2018

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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.

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Title: Re: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on December 03, 2019, 08:21:09 AM
There were conflicting reports of what the design would be in July 2019

Mindanao Railway project specs altered to hurry implementation
July 16, 2019 | 9:32 pm

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.

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Later in the month, the Davao Chamber of Commerce reportedly hailed the selection of a the original design.

Davao biz leaders hail new design for Mindanao Railway Project
By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV -JULY 19, 2019 3:47 PM

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.

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Title: Re: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on December 03, 2019, 08:21:44 AM
As of September 2019 . . .

RDC-XI tracks Mindanao Railway Project segment’s progress
Published on September 11, 2019

DAVAO CITY- The Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) XI convened for its 3rd Quarter CY 2019 Regular Meeting on 20 August 2019 at the NEDA-RDC XI Center in Davao City. Among the items discussed was the Project Status Report on the Mindanao Railway Project Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment (MRP-TDD) which is part of the Build, Build, Build Program of the current administration.

Atty. Diosdado N. Silva, the Project Manager from the Department of Transportation (DoTr), presented the updates on the MRP-TDD. On 10 July 2019, the NEDA Investment Coordinating Committee-Cabinet Committee (NEDA ICC-CC) approved the change in project cost of the MRP-TDD to Php 82.9 Billion for a 100 km. non-electrified single track design.

The project will begin construction in the 1st quarter of 2020 and is expected to be fully operational by early 2023. As of reporting date, the Ground Investigation Survey was already completed. On-going activities are the Environmental Impact Assessment and the Parcellary Survey which are targeted to be completed by end of August 2019 and the Appraisal Survey which shall be completed by end of September 2019.

The Committee observed that the project’s approved scope of works varies from that endorsed of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XI through RDC XI Resolution No. 28, series of 2018 which is an electrified dual track railway despite the increase in project cost from Php 35 Billion.

The RDC XI has requested DoTr to provide an explanation on this matter and, likewise, conduct regular monthly meetings of the MRP-TDD Project Steering Committee of the RDC XI. (PR)
Title: Re: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on January 16, 2020, 10:14:08 AM
The track design discussion apparently still hasn't been settled yet

Right-of-way problems seen to hamper railway project

January 15, 2020

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Minda Deputy Executive Director Romeo Montenegro said in a press conference Wednesday, January 15, said that since the project is assumed to be upgraded to be a two-track railway system when it becomes financially viable, issues on the right-of-way acquisitions might arise.

“The assumption is that it is going to be upgraded to a two-track [railway system] later on. Once the [financial] viability is seen to be really doing well, then pwede na siya ma-two-track (another track can be opened) because the right-of-way is designed for two track so dagdagan mo lang ng panibagong riles (you just have to add another railway). Yun lang. (But) What if ang right-of-way acquisition is only good for one track,” he said.

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He also said the initial design of the first phase might also affect the designs of other phases.

“Considering you started the first phase with locomotive diesel-powered [railway system], does it follow that the next phases of Tagum all the way to Butuan, Digos all the way to Cagayan de Oro will have to be the same design,” he said, adding that the changes can still be lobbied if there are possible reactions from people in Mindanao especially on its leaders, the private sector and the business communities calling for the implementation of the two-track electric railway design instead of the approved configuration.

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In the matrix of Neda-approved projects, the Neda ICC has approved a single-track configuration in November 2019 and has increased the budget from P35 billion to P81 billion, which covered the construction of an oil depot in Davao City.

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Mindanao rail track configuration still contentious
January 15, 2020 | 10:34 pm

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Assistant Secretary Romeo M. Montenegro of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), said the community, including local governments and business groups, wants clarity whether the phase 1 segment approved by the National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee (NEDA-ICC) has provisions for future expansion to a two-track system as originally planned.

“Once the viability is seen to be really doing well then puwede na siya (it can be made into) two-track,” Mr. Montenegro said during Wednesday’s Habi at Kape Forum.

The Davao Regional Development Council has sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DoTr) appealing for a reversion to a two-track and electric configuration.

Singletrack means trains have to be directed into sidings to give way to a train coming from the opposite direction. Singletrack, however, is faster to build, a likely consideration for a government eager to claim at least partially-completed projects by the time it steps down in 2022.

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Title: Re: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on January 17, 2020, 04:50:50 AM
It’s single-track, diesel-run railway for Tagum, Davao, Digos
By MINDANEWS -JANUARY 16, 2020 5:00 PM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) – The government will build a single-track diesel-run railway instead of a modern dual-track electricity-powered one for the first 102-kilometer portion of the Mindanao Railway Project, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro said.

The segment, to be funded mainly by China, spans the cities of Tagum, Davao and Digos.

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Montenegro explained the NEDA-ICC considered the “viability” of having to pursue a “two-track electric design versus a one-track locomotive” type, which had gone through a thorough evaluation and review by a technical team of the agency.

“It was very different from what MinDA had been espousing especially if you recall during the time of late secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto up until his death, he really envisioned for a legacy railway of the President in Mindanao which is high speed and two-track electrified design,” Montenegro said.

He said several Mindanawon leaders wanted a two-track electricity-run railway project.

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Target groundbreaking in Q1 2020

Eje said DOTr eyes to hold the groundbreaking of the TDD segment or the phase 1 in the first quarter of this year.

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But Montenegro said the DOTr timeline was unrealistic.

“Definitely if you look at it in reality, that particular timeline is not possible given the current situation. Nothing is concretely moving yet. The bidding itself will take months if not years depending on how it will proceed and whether or not it will not run into trouble with all other issues,” he said.

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85% from Chinese funds

According to Eje, the resources needed to build the railway comprised 15% from the General Appropriations Act and 85% of the Official Development Assistance from China.

The agency, however, is awaiting the submission of the separate shortlists from the Chinese government for the selection of a project management consultant and design and build contractor from the Chinese Embassy in Manila.

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Title: Re: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on January 19, 2020, 11:48:43 PM
This latest track design discussion has been discussed across multiple reports. Each with different takes on the same press con. The Mindanao Dev’t Authority (MinDA) acknowledges NEDA’s change in the track design and the rationale for doing so. They also acknowledge that the intended road-right-of-way acquisition leaves room for the addition of a second track. Here’s where the news editors apparently find room to juice up their reports: MinDA questions the official timeline for start of construction which has now been pushed back to Q2. So they feel that they still have time to revisit the track design again to push for the original two-track design. The rationale being the track design for phase 1 has ramifications for the rest of the system. Unless phase 1 expands to a 2-track system before the start of subsequent phases, all of them will be single-track. For my part, I’m siding with NEDA’s approach. I’d prefer to gamble that we can scrape together funds for the second rail in-time than risk not getting anything done at all.
Title: Re: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on February 07, 2020, 01:14:21 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: Track design for Mindanao Railway
Post by: adroth on August 05, 2020, 12:54:24 PM
Regional Updates (07/22/20)
July 23, 2020 | 1:00 am

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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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