One of the largest engineering survey and design companies in China has expressed interest in the implementation of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP).
The China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd. (CREEC) said that their Deputy General Manager Zhang Xuecai went to the Philippines last June to meet with the Department of Transportation (DoTr) officials regarding the much-awaited MRP’s Phase 1 Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment.
”We are interested in the southern Philippines railways. We will enhance the communications with the transportation minister (secretary),” Zhang said in an interview with Asian journalists last Tuesday at the CREEC headquarters in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
Zhang said CREEC is actually interested to take part in the railways that China will construct in the Philippines “but right now our interest is limited in the southern Philippines.”
The MRP is one of the major infrastructure projects that China seeks to build under the renewed China-Philippines relations.
China plans to invest US$3.5 billion for the construction of infrastructure projects like irrigation project, water supply dam, railways and bridges.
China has committed to build two bridges for free across Pasig River to help decongest Metro Manila.
During President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Beijing in October last year, China committed US$24 billion worth of investment and infrastructure project pledges to the Philippines.
In the past, Zhang said CREEC has shared with the Philippine government officials its proposal to interconnect at least four major islands in the Philippines.
”In China, there is a saying that if you want to be rich, you have to build roads first. I am convinced that with the development of the Philippines infrastructure projects will increase its demands,” Zhang said.
The Duterte administration has launched the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure development plan that will require some PHP8 trillion in public and private spending until 2022.
Zhang said CREEC is making big contribution in the infrastructure development under China-led Belt and Rod Initiative not only in China but in many countries, including 11 from South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Founded in 1952, CREEC is a subsidiary of World Top 500 Corporation China Railway Group Limited and has been awarded the top prize of National Award for Progress in Science and Technology.
The business scope of CREEC covers the whole-process infrastructure construction service from planning, consultancy, supervision, contracting, product industrialization and survey and design not only railway but urban rail transit, highway, airports and seaports.
”We hope that the Chinese technology can make contribution the transportation development, railway development and economic development of every country,” Zhang told the visiting 14 journalists from South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Right now, he said, CREEC has 6,000 employees, including 258 experts, with 65 subsidiaries, production and operation institutes and branches and more than 130 project departments in China and across the world.
It has participated in high-speed railway design with total length of 11,000 kilometers; and new and upgrading railway with length of more than 70,000 km; and railway mileage opening to traffic which exceeded 30,000 km as of 2015.