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Gugulong na! Pimentel bares initial funding for ambitious Mindanao Railway Project

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The ambitious Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) has been allocated a fund of P6.58 billion for its initial phase, Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel said on Sunday (August 13).

Although the amount is a pittance compared to the estimated P36 billion needed for MRP’s Phase 1, Pimentel is glad that the project would be off the ground soon.

“What is important is that the project is finally taking off, and not just being kicked around anymore,” said the politiko, who is a member of the House Committees on Appropriations and Transportation.

The House of Representatives (HOR) is in the middle of it’s annual budget deliberation season, which was kicked off after President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress the proposed P3.767-trillion budget on July 24.

Once finished, Pimentel said the MRP will cover around 2,000 kilometers and cost up to P120 billion.