Chinese contractors best bet for railway projects — DOTr Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) – April 3, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Chinese contractors are seen as the Philippines’ best bet in undertaking its biggest and most ambitious long haul railway projects to date, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Transportation Undersecretary for railways Timothy John Batan said China is deemed the most capable to handle the development of the country’s major long haul railway lines given its expertise and experience in embarking on these projects. “We know that our needed capability, experience, and expertise, China has and will be able to provide,” he said. “That is our way of choosing our partners for ODA (official development assistance) loans. First, identify what is the project that we need. Second, look if the development partner which has the capability to provide our need. If we look over the past two, three decades of China, they have deployed and built the largest and the most, especially for the long haul lines,” Batan said. Three major railway projects are currently in the pipeline for financing by China. These are the 639-kilometer Philippine National Railways South long haul project, the Mindanao railway… Read full this story
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