By Tara Yap
Iloilo City — A team of Chinese engineers and geologists will arrive next week to determine further if Iloilo has the capacity to host a monorail system.
The visit of the team on Wednesday is the latest development in the monorail proposal after Chinese firm BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd. presented the findings of its pre-feasibility study last year to the city government under Mayor Jose Espinosa III.
Ritchel Gavan, chief of the Iloilo City Local Economic Investment and Promotions Office, said BYD has determined that the city is capable of supporting a monorail system.
BYD is planning to build a monorail that will run from Iloilo City to the towns of Cabatuan and Sta. Barbara, where the Iloilo International Airport is located.
If it pushes through, the monorail will help decongest road traffic in the city.
Gavan told Manila Bulletin that the proposed monorail project has two phases. The first involves building a monorail only in the city, and the second is the expansion to the airport.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said BYD officials also discussed the monorail to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.