DOTr signs consultancy contract for Mindanao railway project

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The signing of the consultancy contract on February 4. Photo from Department of Transportation.
  • The Department of Transportation signed a consultancy contract for the Mindanao railway project
  • The contract was formalized with the joint venture of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP and ASA Law Firm
  • The contract for the pre-feasibility study for the Mindanao Railway Phase III includes project preparation services, including a preliminary assessment of the viability of MRP III in Northern Mindanao
  • The 54-kilometer railway project, starting at Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, aims to connect key municipalities and cities across the region, including Cagayan de Oro City 

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has signed a consultancy contract for the Mindanao railway on February 4, formalizing plans to further support infrastructure development in Mindanao.

The consultancy contract was awarded to the joint venture of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP and ASA Law Firm, which will execute a pre-feasibility study on the Mindanao Railway Phase (MRP) III.

The contract includes providing project preparation services, including a preliminary assessment of the viability of MRP III in Northern Mindanao.

The proposed railway, starting from Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, is designed to cover a distance of 54 kilometers, traversing key municipalities and cities across the region, including Cagayan de Oro City.

The signing ceremony, held in Laguindingan City, was part of the DOTr’s 125th foundation anniversary and was attended by Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.

He highlighted the transport department’s commitment to prioritize critical infrastructure projects in Mindanao, emphasizing their potential to contribute to a more robust, comfortable, and prosperous life for all residents, particularly those in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Transport Assistant Secretary for Railways, Jorjette Aquino, said the MRP III would “empower” local leaders to reshape the socio-economic landscape of the island.

She added these infrastructure developments would not only enhance connectivity but also spur economic growth, generate job opportunities, and “enhance the overall quality of life for Filipinos.”

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