First PPP for Duterte administration: P170-B interconnected tunnel system

• A local group proposed a new road system to the incoming Duterte administration
• The Philtrak consortium is proposing to build a new road system consisting of a network of interconnected open tunnels nationwide
• Dubbed the Philippines Integrated Trackway System, the open tunnel system will run parallel to existing PNR railway network

A local consortium is proposing to the incoming Duterte administration a P170-billion public-private partnership project involving the construction of a network of interconnected open tunnels across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

According to the Public-Private Partnership Center, the Philtrak consortium, led by Francis Yuseco of Philtrak Inc., submitted the proposal to the incoming Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade during the Infrastructure Forum held at the University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City.

Yuseco said the project is called The Philippines Integrated Trackway System aimed at transporting people and moving agricultural products. He said it is a walled road that will run parallel to the existing railway network from La Union in northern Luzon down to the Bicol Region in the south.

The consortium, whose other members are Del Monte Motor Works Corp., Del Monte Land Transport Inc., Micrologucs System Inc., Versatech Engineering Consultants Inc. and Land Excel Corp., will be asking for the use of 30 meters right-of-way along the entire 1,079-kilometer Philippine National Railway route, according to Yuseco.

More open tunnels would be built in the Visayas and in Mindanao, he said.

The completely walled-in tunnel system will feature regular open slots to allow entry and exit of specially designed passenger vehicles, cargo freights and farmers and fisherfolks’ refrigerated and none refrigerated.

By using the integrated trackway system, fishermen and farmers can sell their produce direct to the market and eliminate the need for middlemen.

“They will finally be able to transport personally their own produce from their respective farm and sea gates to city market stalls. Accordingly, their income will exponentially increase while food prices for the entire country will dramatically decrease,” Yuseco said.

Part of the project is the building of environment-friendly townships adjacent to the open tunnel system. Houses in these townships would use solar panels and rain catchment technology.

“The planned townships will be the future havens of families who wish to reverse-migrate back to their respective provinces once they learn about the exponential increase in farmer’s income,” Yuseco said.