Feasibility Study of the Mindanao Railway System Project, Philippines

Name of Client:
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)


Length of Consultancy Assignment:
Start Date: 23 November 2015
Completion Date: 9 March 2018

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:

The proposed railway transport service will play a major role towards improvement of Mindanao’s intra-island accessibility, linkages, and seamless multimodal transport networks. The whole project will cover approximately 2,000 kilometers (km) of railways connecting Mindanao’s major cities. Implementation will be done in six phases: (i) Iligan City-Gingoog City (Phase 1); (ii) Nasipit-Surigao City (Phase 2); (iii) Prosperidad-Tagum (Phase 3); (iv) Gen. Santos City-Cotabato City (Phase 4); (v) Aurora-Zamboanga City (Phase 5); and (vi) Cagayan de Oro City-Malungon.

PRIMEX provided the services of four specialists. The Deputy Project Manager assisted the Team Leader in the overall supervision of the various assessment study activities, assumed full responsibility including leadership of the Consulting Team in the absence of the Team Leader, and took the lead in preparing the drafts of the Inception Report, VE/VA Report, Progress Report, Interim Report, Draft and Final Report. The Geodetic Engineer handled the identification of new alignments, alternative alignments, alignment optimization plan and profile, and minor derivations from the present alignment including bypasses around urban areas, and was in charge of all geodetic survey works necessary for the completion of the study. The Environmental/Social Assessment Specialist undertook preliminary environmental/social assessment and mitigation measures for the project consistent with the government’s requirement and estimated cost of the environmental/social mitigation plan and the capability of the agency to implement the same. The Transport Economist and Financial Analyst determined economic costs and quantified economic benefits; undertook economic benefit and cost analysis and recommended the best financial model design for the project; determined possible financing sources and terms; and analyzed the economic and financial sensitivity of the project to possible increase or decrease of cost/revenue.