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Home survey required to acquire land for Mindanao Railway

Congressman TWO HOUSE has submitted a resolution calling for an investigation into the process of obtaining right of way from private landowners for a China-funded Mindanao railway project.

ACT-CIS MP Eric G. Yap and Davao MP Paolo Z. Duterte filed House Resolution 2321 on Tuesday, claiming that there is a gap between the market value of the land and the proposals offered, which is appropriate. I asked the House of Representatives to investigate the matter.

According to the resolution, “Some of the properties in question include those in Barangay New Visayas and Datu Abduldadia in Panabo, among others.”

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has previously rejected requests from landowners and businesses in Davao City Trill to relocate its Mindanao railway facility, fearing the impact on land prices.

DoTr said changes to the project could cause delays and affect another transportation project, the high-priority bus system.

DoTr officials also said they are considering expropriation to expedite the construction process, with a view to achieving partial operation of the Mindanao railway by October 2022.

The resolution submitters, Yap and Duterte, said the investigation would consider legislation governing the acquisition of right of way for amendments that could ensure proper compensation and protection for landowners.

The Transportation Division has signed a contract with the China Railway Design Corporation and a consortium consisting of Guangzhou Wanan Construction Supervision Co., Ltd. for the first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project.

The first phase consists of eight stations along a 100-kilometer line connecting the city of Davao with Tagum in Davao del Norte and Digos in Davao del Sur. — — Russell Lewis C. Ku

Home survey required to acquire land for Mindanao Railway Home survey required to acquire land for Mindanao Railway

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