NEDA Board OKs Mindanao Railway Project Phase 1

07-Dec-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has given a green light for the construction of the Mindanao Railway Project Phase 1, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Friday.

The NEDA Board, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, approved the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment of the project in a meeting held last November 29.

The Board also confirmed in the meeting the earlier approvals for the project given by the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) on July 10 and September 27.

The DOTr said the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment is the first phase of the proposed 830-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project Loop.

It aims to establish a 74-kilometer at-grade and 26-kilometer 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.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed gratitude for the project’s approval, saying the move brought the Mindanao Railway Project closer to realisation.

“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,” Tugade was quoted as saying in a statement.

The project’s first segment 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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