Congressman Romeo S Momo, representative of the 1st district of Surigao del Sur, submitted House Bill 1975 on July 14, 2022. This bill sought to adopt a 30-year National Infrastructure Program that included the following provision about the Mindanao Railway:
Sec 12. Core National Infrastructure Projects
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a. Transport and Logistics Infrastructure
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2. Rail and Other Mass Transport
a) Long-haul rail systems
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4) Mindanao Rail Networks, Tagum-Davao-Digos, with extensions to Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Iligan, Surigao, and Zamboanga
Session No.: 19-1RS-003
Date Filed: 2022-07-14
Principal Author/s: MOMO, ROMEO S.
Date Read: 2022-08-02
Primary Referral: PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Status: Pending with the Committee on PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS since 2022-08-02
Key portions of the explanatory note for this bill appears below:
A safe, strong, efficient, and accessible national infrastructure backbone is vital to foster the sustainable and inclusive socio-economi development of the present and future generations of Filipinos. This national infrastructure system should help realize the long-term vision for the Philippines under Ambisyon Natin 2040, by the middle of this centure, as a progressive, mainly middle-class society, where nobody is poor, where citizens enjoy healthy lives, are smart and innovative, and live in a high-trust community.
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In Section 12, the bill provides the initial list and brief description of core national infrastructure projects to be given priority in the 30-Year Program. The list focuses on pipeline projects identified by the concerned Agencies as high priority and conforming to the policies and strategies in Sections 5 to 11.
The text of the bill is available here.
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A 30-YEAR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM