DOTr: No more structures built along railway path

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has requested the Davao City Council for a resolution prohibiting construction of new structures aligned with the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP)’s railway path.

This was bared by Councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado, III, chairman of the public works and highway committee, yesterday during the Pulong-Pulong ni Pulong (PPP) in Sanguniang Panglungsod (SP).

Zozobrado said the request is still pending in the committee as there are issues that need to be resolved first although councilors have already passed a resolution favorably endorsing the MRP segment.

The committee head was referring to the concerns raised by homeowners affected by the railway project particularly the Monteritz Classic Estates Davao community.

Residents of the South Pacific Golf and Residencial Estates, according to Zozobrado, also aired their concerns but was virtually resolved after certain adjustments made by the DOTr.

“Dili sila gusto mag tabok ang railway so ang solution kay cut and cover. Sa ilalom mag agi, somewhat parehas sa subway, kaluton ang kalsada, butangan ug tube then tabunan para back to original,” he said.

Through the new design in that area, not a single household will be affected.

Despite the apparent enormity of the revision, Zozobrado clarified that the adjustment won’t slow down the completion of the project which is set to operate in 2021, before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends. 

“It will take three segments, six months to one year ang construction. Simultaneous ang trabaho so it won’t affect the original target date.”

Further, the MRP Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) segment was supposed to start early this year but was also barred by objections.

Homeowners of Monteritz Classic Estates Davao have offered an option to the project which entailed revising the project so that it now passes the Diversion Road or put it back where it was designed decades ago which is atop the Town Plaza at Monteritz instead of hitting the Phase 1 of the residential estate.

During the last committee hearing on February 21, DOTr Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje said he will bring this matter to the attention of DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade for favorable consideration.