By Junex Doronio
September 28, 2022
CEBU CITY — In line with the statement of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for the establishment of a railway system in Cebu, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Project Development Leonel de Velez has assured that the department is pursuing the project seriously with a feasibility study costing P108 million.
Aside from the railway system, an aerial ropeway transit (ART) project, better known as cable cars, in Cebu City will also be studied.
“We are looking to engage bilateral partners for funding for a feasibility study on this. We are considering the Government of India,” De Velez disclosed during the city’s mobility summit via Zoom, which was streamed on social media by the city’s information office.
Engr. Fortunato Sanchez, manager of Doppelmayr SRO Philippines, also presented the viability of an ART system or cable cars in the city.
It can be recalled that when PBBM delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in June, the President has ordered the DOTr to proceed with “full speed ahead” of the project.
It was learned on initial study that the railway is expected to cover over 18 kilometers.
De Velez further bared that a feasibility study which cost around P108 million is expected to be conducted in 2023.
But he admitted that it may take between one and a half to two and a half years to finish. (ai/mtvn)