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Chinese firm conducts Iloilo monorail study

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By Tara Yap

Iloilo City – A Chinese firm is doing a two-month feasibility study for a proposed monorail system in this city.

“If viable, this project may address the city’s transportation concerns,” said Mayor Mabilog during the August 22 signing of the agreement for the study, which will be conducted by BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd.

Monorail Study—Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (2nd from left) and Liu Xueliang (2nd from right), general manager of Chinese firm BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd., shows a copy of the agreement inked to conduct a feasibility study for a monorail system. They are joined by Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III and BYD Senior Regional Manager Benjamin Zhao.  (Tara Yap|Manila Bulletin)

Monorail Study—Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (2nd from left) and Liu Xueliang (2nd from right), general manager of Chinese firm BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd., shows a copy of the agreement inked to conduct a feasibility study for a monorail system. They are joined by Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III and BYD Senior Regional Manager Benjamin Zhao. (Tara Yap|Manila Bulletin)

Mabilog said the proposed monorail can be an economic booster and at the same time ease traffic congestion in the regional capital of Western Visayas.

The monorail will run from Iloilo City to the towns of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan, where the Iloilo International Airport is located.

If the monorail is not feasible in Iloilo, BYD General Manager for Asia-Pacific Liu Xueliang said BYD could look at other potential projects such as electric vehicles.

BYD is one of the Chinese companies vying to construct monorails in the country after the Duterte administration sought stronger economic ties with China.

Benjamin Zhao, BYD’s senior manager for Asia-Pacific, said the results of the feasibility study will be presented to the Iloilo City Council.

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