Tagum City – Shelter needs were put in the spotlight yesterday, June 22, 2022, as the City Government of Tagum broke grounds for the most-awaited Tagumpay Train Village — a 4.2 hectares resettlement area in assistance to the affected informal settler’s families of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) – Tagum Segment.
Funded by the national government through the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the resettlement project with proposed 312 residential lots is located at Purok Abaca in Barangay Mankilam.
Through the effective facilitation of the Local Government Unit of Tagum through its MRP-Tagum-Davao-Digos Coordinating Committee (MRP-TDD CC) and the technical working groups, the Tagumpay Train Village beneficiaries will soon be granted 62 quadruplex housing units under the first phase of the construction, with a minimum of 60 sq. m. per household.
A contract agreement between the City Government of Tagum and the R-II Builders Incorporated was signed during the gorundbreaking ceremony, marking the first day of the development works and construction of the village.
MRP-TDD Chairperson Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, in his speech, could not be more thankful for the continued trust given by the national government to the City of Tagum, highlighting the significant role of the local government in national development building.
“This is our responsibility. As a local government, we need to make sure that everything is ready once construction begins. In my last 8 days as Mayor of this city, I’m excited that this project will be pursued by the next administration. Even if our political landscape changes, as long as projects are built for the service of the people, we will continue to help each other. This is for the future of our city”, Mayor Rellon furthered.
The event is also attended by Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo, officials from the City Government of Tagum, personnel from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), representatives from the R-II Builders, and other stakeholders – all looking forward to a positive and transformative development of the project.
Paving the way for greater mobility, increased connectivity, and the breakthrough of Mindanao’s economic development, the big-ticket Mindanao Railway Project which is a testament to the ‘Build, Build, Build’ Program of the Duterte Administration is slated to start in the second quarter of 2022. Geneva Conde/CIO Tagum