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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #45 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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #46 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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #47 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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #48 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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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #49 on: December 10, 2019, 12:36:48 AM »
Approximate locations of MRS Phase 1


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« Reply #50 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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Read more: https://business.inquirer.net/284981/dotr-seeks-to-start-massive-mindanao-railway-plan-in-early-20#ixzz67kzx24sz
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Re: Mindanao Railway (Circumferential)
« Reply #51 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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Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
« Reply #52 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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Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
« Reply #53 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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Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
« Reply #54 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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Re: Mindanao Railway System (MRS)
« Reply #55 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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« Reply #56 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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« Reply #57 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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« Reply #59 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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