Partial operation of MRP expected on Q4 of 2021

The partial operation of the Tagum-Davao section phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) is expected to commence on the fourth quarter of 2021 while the full operation of the Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) has a timeline set for the second quarter of 2022. 

The railway’s first phase runs between Tagum City in Davao del Norte and Digos City in Davao del Sur, passing through Davao City. The segment is estimated to cost about P35 billion and will be partly funded by official development assistance from China.It is planned to have eight stations, with three in Davao del Norte (Tagum City, Carmen, Panabo), three in Davao City (Mudiang, Davao central, Toril), and two in Davao del Sur (Sta. Cruz, Digos).

A 10-hectare depot will be built in TagumBased on the document of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) shared to Edge Davao, the construction stage of the MRP:TDD is targeted to start in the first quarter of 2021. 

Based on its project timeline the first, third and fourth quarters of 2020 and second quarter of 2021 are more on the Right-of-Way (ROW) and site acquisition stages.  

Lawyer Clipton Solamo, project manager of MRP, said DoTr already has the shortlist of the project management consultants.  

Solamo said DoTr will follow Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”, which is for the purpose of prescribing the necessary rules and regulations for the modernization, standardization, and regulation of the procurement activities of the Government of the Philippines (GOP), for the procurement process of the consultants. 

“It’s undergoing procurement process. It’s a long process. We will follow RA 9184,” he said in a text message. 

The MRP, with an estimated cost of P82.9-billion for the 102-kilometer first segment, is among the first priority projects listed under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration.