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Title: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on January 02, 2020, 01:33:37 PM
Executive Order No. 536, s. 2006
Signed on May 25, 2006




WHEREAS, one of the 10 points of the agenda of the Arroyo administration is to develop a network of transport infrastructure to connect the entire country;

WHEREAS, another of the 10 points of the agenda of this administration is the creation of 6-10 million jobs between 2004 and 2010 by, among other infrastructures and investments, tourism investments in Central Philippines revolving around Cebu as the hub, business process outsourcing in Cebu, and agri-business investments in Mindanao;

WHEREAS, the state of economic, political and social growth, as well as the development and progress of Cebu, being in the center of tourism and business process outsourcing among others, requires dependable, convenient, economical, adequate, efficient and reliable public mass transportation system to guarantee safe, fast and dependable mobility for the greater mass of our people and the increasing number of tourists;

WHEREAS, there is a need to pursue vigorously the Cebu Light Rail Transport System to effectively solve the traffic situation in Cebu;

WHEREAS, there is a need to pursue vigorously the Mindanao Railway System to boost agri-business in Mindanao and to provide the people of Mindanao faster, cheaper, reliable and convenient means of mass transportation;

WHEREAS, bills have been filed in Congress to create the Cebu Light Rail Transport System and the Mindanao Railways Corporation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA M. ARROYO, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

Section 1. Creation of the Cebu Railway Project Office and the Mindanao Railway Project Office. – The Cebu Railway Project Office (CRPO) and the Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO) are hereby created under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) that shall pursue the development and implementation of railway projects in Cebu City and Metro Cebu, and in Mindanao, respectively.

The CRPO shall be established in Cebu City while the MRPO shall be established in Cagayan de Oro City.

Section 2. Functions of the Project Offices. – The CRPO and the MRPO shall have the following functions:

1. Review and consolidate all plans relating to the establishment of the Cebu Railways and the Mindanao Railways, respectively;

2. Develop, in coordination with all other agencies concerned, a master plan for the Cebu Railways and the Mindanao Railways, respectively, and for this purpose formulate or cause to be formulated engineering studies;

3. Undertake the implementation of said plans and programs and towards this end, enter into contracts subject to existing laws and regulations for the procurement of equipment, construction of facilities and the installation of the respective systems;

4. Arrange for funding from any source, private or government, foreign or domestic, including Official Development Assistance from bilateral and multilateral agencies, to enable them to carry out their respective objectives subject to applicable laws and regulations;

5. Coordinate with local, and foreign consultants in order to avail of their expertise in railway operation;

6. Conduct consultation meetings and public hearings with the stakeholders, i.e. members of the local community, industry, local government units, non-governmental organizations, and people’s, organizations;

7. Explore the best funding schemes suited for the Cebu Railway System Project and the Mindanao Railway System Project, respectively, that would provide the best budgetary cost on the part of the government such as the Build-Operate-Transfer, Build-Own-Operate, Counter-Trade and other similar arrangements; and

8. Perform such other necessary activities that may help push for the immediate implementation of the respective Projects.

Section 3. Project Directors. To carry out the day-to-day operations of the CRPO and the MRPO, a Project Director shall be appointed by the President for each office. Each director shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:

a) To submit for the DOTC Secretary’s consideration policies and measures which are necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of this order;

b) To prepare the budget of his/her office respectively, for the approval of the DOTC Secretary;

c) To execute and administer plans, policies and measures approved by the DOTC Secretary;

d) To direct or supervise the operations and internal administration of the Project Office and, for this purpose, to delegate some or any of his/her powers and duties to other officers of the Office, subject to the rules and regulations approved by the DOTC;

e) Subject to the guidelines and policies established by the DOTC Secretary, to appoint all employees of the Project Office, and to dismiss or otherwise discipline for cause, such employees in accordance with the standard guidelines for personnel, subject to the Civil Service Law;

f) To represent the Project Office in all dealings with other offices, agencies and instrumentalities of the Government and with all persons and entities, public or private;

g) To prepare an annual report on the activities of the Project Office on or before the end of the first quarter after the fiscal year completed and to submit a copy thereof to the DOTC Secretary with copies furnished to the President of the Philippines and the Congress of the Philippines; and

h) To exercise such other powers and duties that are proper or necessary to carry out the purposes of this Order as may be vested in him/her by the DOTC.

Section 4. Provision of Funds. – Funds needed to finance the activities of the CRPO and the MRPO for the initial year shall be provided from the funds of the DOTC, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

Funding requirements for the operations of the CRPO and the MRPO for the ensuing years shall be included in the succeeding General Appropriations Act.

Section 5. Separability Clause. – Any portion or provision of this Executive Order that may be declared unconstitutional shall not have the effect of nullifying other portions or provisions of this Executive Order as long as such remaining portions or provisions can still subsist and be given effect.

Section 6. Repealing Clause. – All executive orders, rules or regulations or other issuances or parts thereof that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Executive Order are hereby revoked, repealed and/or modified accordingly.

Section 7. Effectivity. – This Executive Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in at least one (1) national paper of general circulation.

Done in the City of Manila, this 25th day of May, in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Six.

President of the Philippines

By the President:

Executive Secretary

Source: Malacañang Records Office

Office of the President of the Philippines. (2006). [Executive Order Nos. : 501 – 600]. Manila : Malacañang Records Office.
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on January 07, 2020, 09:01:48 AM
Pimentel wants PNR to manage Mindanao Railway Project
March 8, 2014

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III on Friday asked President Benigno Aquino III to transfer supervision of the Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO) from the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

Pimentel, representing various Mindanao leaders, said PNR has the technical know how to implement the project, a network of lines linking Cagayan de Oro to the cities of Iligan and Zamboanga, the provinces of Agusan and Surigao and the cities of Davao and General Santos.

He said the masterplan was already completed in 2010 and the feasibility study for the first phase of the project is also finished, linking the Cagayan de Oro industrial corridor from Jasaan, Misamis Oriental to Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

Pimentel said the opening segment of the proposed Mindanao Railway System will link two vital Mindanao gateways, the Languindingan International Airport and the Mindanao Container Port.

He said business in these areas, including the transfer of goods, trade and commerce, will enjoy an expected boon once the project is in full operation.

The project was started in the late 90s during the term of former President Fidel Ramos, but it was only in 2006 when the MRPO was created under the supervision of the LTFRB.

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Mindanao railway’s first segment secures 2019 funding
October 18, 2018599

DAVAO CITY — The funds for the first segment of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) project covering the Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) area is already included under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2019.

This was according to Dr. Adrian Tamayo, public relations head of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), who told Tuesday’s Davao Business Forum that the TDD segment costs PHP126 billion.

Of the total project cost, PHP89-billion budget is funded under 2018 GA, and PHP30 billion for GAA 2019 under the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The PHP7 billion would come from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

The TDD segment has a total length of 102 kilometers for the two-track electric train system, he said. It includes alignment and stations located in Tagum City, Carmen, Panabo City, Tibungco in Gimbang Davao City towards the Diversion Road to Toril and the Davao del Sur areas in Sta. Cruz and Digos City.

Tamayo said the ground works will be done in phases, adding the other permitting requirements that still needed compliance with are the Environment Clearance Certificate (ECC) and the Road Right of Way (RRW).

Tamayo said the governmet is also currently working for the establishment of a project management office here before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends in 2022, to ensure the continuity of the project beyond the term of the present administration. (Digna D. Banzon/PNA).
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on January 08, 2020, 01:26:50 PM
Mindanao railway seen spreading development outside Metro Manila
Posted on June 04, 2015

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Businesses in this city, the economic hub of Northern Mindanao, have renewed their efforts to get the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) back on track amid hopes that it will spur economic development outside the capital region.

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The first segment of the MRS that could be placed under the PPP covers the Northern Mindanao Region -- running from Laguindingan where a new international airport is located, to Cagayan de Oro City; Laguindingan to Iligan City, another major urban center; Cagayan de Oro to the Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corporation Industrial Authority district of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental; and from Iligan City to Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

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Earlier this week, MinDA Executive Director Janet M. Lopoz said in an interview in Davao City that the agency is also planning to revive the MRS as conceptualized under the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos, which is composed of six segments that will link the major cities in Mindanao.

The Mindanao railway system was first proposed in a bill filed by then Misamis Oriental Rep. Augusto Baculio in the 1990s. Later on, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo created the Mindanao Railways Office under the Department of Transportation and Communications, which was abolished by the current government.
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on March 22, 2020, 05:04:21 PM






From the looks of it . . . the MRPO is leasing space in this building. The World Mission Church of God's Website lists itself as being in 900 Vinzons St. confirming the address.

Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on July 26, 2020, 08:44:09 AM




Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on September 20, 2020, 04:21:01 AM



Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on September 20, 2020, 04:21:44 AM
From Brgy Southern Davao in Panabo


Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on September 24, 2020, 02:41:57 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.



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

Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on June 30, 2021, 02:11:28 AM
Preparing the office
Title: Re: Mindanao Railway Project Office
Post by: adroth on July 05, 2021, 08:53:50 AM
Mindanao Railway Project Office moves to old LTFRB building
Written by MindaRW
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 Published: 04 July 2021
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The Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO) will move to the old Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) office in Balusong Ave., McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City. The LTFRB is now holds office at its facility in Libby Road, Puan, Davao City, which freed up its Balusong office for other purposes.

On the 29th of May 2021, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) FB page showed Asec Eymard Eje inspecting the LTFRB building as a possible joint office for the Mindanao Railway and the High Priority Bus System.


On the 30th of June, an MRPO employee (whose identity will be hidden out of respect for his privacy) confirmed that the move would take place on the 2nd week of July. He posted this move on his personal FB page as follows.


Past venues for the MRPO

The MRPO was created -- along with the Cebu Railway Project Office (CRPO) -- by the Arroyo administration via Executive Order 536 Series 2006 on May 25, 2006 with the mandate to:

Review and consolidate all plans relating to the establishment of the Cebu Railways and the Mindanao Railways, respectively

Both offices were placed under the control of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) predecessor: the Department of Transportation & Communication. The MRPO eventually fell under the supervision of the LTFRB, as indicated by Senator Aquilino Pimentel when he sought the office’s transfer from the LTFRB to the Philippine National Railways in 2014.

The MRPO was originally situated in Cagayan De Oro City -- which up until that time, had been the focal point of various legislative efforts to start the railway.

By the Duterte administration, however, the MRPO had been moved to Davao City as Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) was shifted from Northern Mindanao to the most economically vibrant region in Mindanao: Davao region which, in turn, was adjacent the 3rd strongest regional economy in Mindanao: SOKSARGEN. (See here for our article that explains why this shift made sense from a practical standpoint).

Before the move to the LTFRB building, the MRPO initially leased office space at the following office building at Unit 3 & 4, NAV1 Bldg, #900 Vinzon St., Agdao, Davao City. Photo is c/o of Google Maps Street View.


The DOTr website released the following details of the lease.