CEBU CITY – A monorail system proposed by a Davao-based business group proposed will be the backbone of the Cebu Integrated Inter-modal Transport System (IITS).
Presidential assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino said the monorail system will serve as the mass transport backbone of Metro Cebu, and will become the main element of the Cebu IITS project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
“The Duterte administration is determined to give the Cebuanos a sigh of relief against the long-standing traffic problem in Cebu. Such determination will be operationalized through this monorail project of Udenna (Infrastructure Corp.) of Mr. Dennis Uy,” said Dino in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Udenna earlier announced that it revised its earlier proposal to build a Light Rail Transit (LRT) project for Metro Cebu and instead proposed the monorail technology.
Udenna and its foreign partners obtained an original proponent status (OPS) from the DOTr for the project.
DOTr spokesperson Goddess Hope Libiran confirmed that the monorail project “is really a part of the IITS.”
Aside from the monorail, other components of the Cebu IITS are the high priority bus system, P2P (point-to-point) bus system, and intelligence traffic management system.
Dino said monorail has a distinctive technology that is fast to construct, and has the same passenger-carrying capacity and operational efficiency with that of the LRT system.
“Among monorail’s plausible feature is its cost for its construction. With PHP80 billion or half of the LRT’s cost, Metro Cebu will enjoy a mass transport backbone using the monorail technology,” Dino noted.