The first and second phases of the Mindanao Railway System will be completed within President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to approve nine infrastructure projects, including the PHP35.3-billion Mindanao railway Davao phase, when he convenes the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board this week. This is according to a Philippine News Agency report dated June 20, 2017.

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President Duterte is an essential contributor to the implementation of Mindanao Railway project. Photo (c) Phil

NEDA Director General Ernesto Pernia named the nine projects costing PHP738 billion during a meeting of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) on Tuesday. Pernia said the administration intends to focus on projects that can be completed within three years.

In an Inquirer report published on May 22, it was mentioned that the Duterte administration had planned to fast-track the rollout of the P120-billion Mindanao Railway Davao phase connecting major cities in Davao region.

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In an Edge Davao report on June18, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had said the first and second phases of the Mindanao Railway System will be completed within President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

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Accordingly, phase 2 will connect from Tagum City to Butuan City.

Other projects that are up for approval by the NEDA Board are the PHP15.35-billion Clark International Airport New Terminal Building Project, the PHP10.86-billion New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project, the PHP8.9-billion Cavite Industrial Area Flood Management Project, and the PHP2.67-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, Philippine News Agency reported.

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