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Right-of-way problems seen to hamper railway project
ROBERTO A. GUMBA JR.

January 15, 2020

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1840086

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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

https://www.bworldonline.com/mindanao-rail-track-configuration-still-contentious/

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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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