Congress Earmarked an Initial P6.58 Billion to Jumpstart the Mindanao Rail Project (MRP)


The Mindanao Rail Project (MRP) is now moving on track as the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives has recently earmarked an initial amount of Php6.58 billion to jumpstart the project.


According to the Philippine Congress, the amount will primarily fund the first segment, which will run from Tagum-Davao-Digos.

The appropriation comes more than a month after the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) approved Phase 1 of MRP, which will cost the Duterte administration a whooping Php35.257 billion via general appropriations.


During a press conference last weekend, Committee member and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said that the MRP "is an enormous project" and that it is important that it is "finally taking off and not being kicked around anymore."

The Mindanao Rail Project covers Phase 1, which is targeted to start construction by the third quarter of 2018, it is a 105-kilometer line that is expected to reduce travel time from Davao del Norte to Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to just 1.3 hours.

Phase 1 of the Mindanao Rail Project forms part of the entire 1,530-kilometer circumferential and spur rail lines that will connect Davao Provinces, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, and Zamboanga. The first rail system outside of Metro Manila, is targeted for completion by 2021.

The eight stations of MRP Phase 1 will be located in Tagum, Carmen, Panabo, Mudiang, Davao Terminal, Toril, Sta. Cruz, and Digos.


Source: PTV News


Congress Earmarked an Initial P6.58 Billion to Jumpstart the Mindanao Rail Project (MRP) Congress Earmarked an Initial P6.58 Billion to Jumpstart the Mindanao Rail Project (MRP) Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 8/15/2017 Rating: 5

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