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DOTr undertakes ‘catch-up plan’ amid delays in Mindanao Rail
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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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