Representative Rufus Rodriguez, Congressman of the 2nd district of Cagayan de Oro City, authored this bill and submitted it during the 19th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines on 6th of July 2022.
Session No.: 19-1RS-003
Date Filed: 2022-07-06
Principal Author/s: RODRIGUEZ, RUFUS B.
Date Read: 2022-08-01
Primary Referral: GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION
Status: Pending with the Committee on GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION since 2022-08-01
The explanatory note for the bill appears below. This is a direct transcription.
This bill seeks to create the Mindanao Railways Corporation as a means of hastening the development of the island.
The experience of Japan, Canada, the United States and most of Europe shows how their railroad networks have sped up the national development. In these nations, railroads opened up vast land areas, thereby making it possible for tremendous numbers of people to settle and huge volumes of goods to be transported there at the lowest cost. The influx of people into areas previously unsettled and the easy availability of goods needed for civilized life means higher productivity of the land.
A railroad network crisscrossing Mindanao will considerably shorten the distance, for example, between Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro or Davao and Cagayan de Oro. That will, in turn, mean a shortening of travel time of the people of the goods whose end destination is the Visayas or Luzon or beyond our northern shores or vice versa.
We must benefit from the experience of other lands whose railway systems up to today provide people and goods the cheapest and fastest way of moving volume overland.
Approval of this bill is thus, requested.
The text of the bill is available here.
AN ACT CREATING THE MINDANAO RAILWAYS CORPORATION PRESCRIBING ITS POWERS, FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES, AND PROVIDING FOR THE NECESSARY FUNDS FOR ITS OPERATION