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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2018, 09:23:29 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.

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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2018, 01:25:06 PM »
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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2018, 07:58:29 PM »
DoTR FB post

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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2018, 11:57:56 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), 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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2018, 03:11:53 PM »
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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2018, 02:08:11 PM »
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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2018, 08:13:52 AM »
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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2018, 11:56:24 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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2018, 12:17:31 AM »
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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2018, 12:31:51 AM »
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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2018, 03:52:25 PM »
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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #26 on: November 09, 2018, 12:51:24 AM »
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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