By Antonio L. Colina IV
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the first and second phases of the Mindanao Railway System would be completed within the six-year term of President Duterte, with the first phase set to start early next year.
Alvarez added that the national government would fund the acquisition of the right-of-way while the rest would be funded through the official development assistance (ODA).
The 102-km. first phase would run from Tagum City, Davao City, and Digos City, and would cost around P35.91 billion.
Alvarez said that aside from Japan and China, other countries have expressed interest in funding the construction of the US$9 billion, 1,500-km railway system.
He said phase 2 would connect from Tagum City to Butuan City.
The railway seeks to connect all key areas of the island such as Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos, and Davao.
“Just be patient to fulfill our duties,” he said.
In a press release issued on June 8, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the first segment would reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours once it starts operating in 2022.
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