The entire rail system, the first anywhere in Mindanao, will be circumferential with a total length of 2,000 kilometers.
It is planned for construction under six phases at a total estimated cost of P86 billion, based on the initial study conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority.
Source: BusinessWorldIn June last year, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said the railway system was under “consideration” by the national government as a priority project as listed in the Mindanao Development Corridors program, which forms part of the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan 2020 and of what was supposed to be an accelerated infrastructure development initiative, the Midterm Updated Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.
Several lawmakers have also previously urged the public-private partnership office to put the Mindanao rail in the priority list, but the project never took off.
The Mindanao Railway System, when constructed, will link Zamboanga City in the western part of the island to other major cities like Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog, Surigao, Butuan Davao, Cotabato and General Santos traversing key agricultural areas in the central part of the island.
Source: Manny PinolHe said the first phase of the Mindanao Railway System project will connect Iligan City to Gingoog City while the last phase will connect Cagayan de Oro City in Northern Mindanao to Malungon/General Santos City in the South.
Cayetano said the railway system will spur development in Mindanao, create new townships which will decongest the big cities, increase agricultural productivity and ensure sufficient supply of affordable food for the people.
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