Chinese eye Mindanao rail
By: Bong S. Sarmiento - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:00 AM September 17, 2019
DAVAO CITY—At least four Chinese companies have already expressed interest to build an P82.9-billion segment of the Mindanao railway project (MRP), government officials said.
Eymard Eje, Department of Transportation (DoTr) assistant secretary for project implementation-Mindanao cluster, named state-owned Chinese firms China Railway International Group (CRIG) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) among those interested in the project.
Li Lin, the Chinese consul general in Davao City, earlier identified China State Construction Engineering Corp (CSCEC) and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) as the two firms interested to undertake the railway project.
“It is the government of the People’s Republic of China that will nominate at least three Chinese contractors that will participate in the bidding for the MRP [segment],” Eje said.
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Li said tapping Chinese firms was part of the loan deal Beijing was extending to Mindanao.
He described the Mindanao railway “as one of the major cooperation projects between China and the Philippines,” following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Manila in November last year.
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