Presidential aspirant Mayor Rodrigo Duterte along with his running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano also referred to as the Duterte-Cayetano tandem revived the plan and would like to put in priority the 200-kilometer Mindanao Railway System.
The railway system was designed to connect Mindanao’s food-producing areas to the country’s markets, for instance in Manila.
Based from Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who’s running for Vice President under Duterte’s line-up, the railway system would offer low-cost transportation model for foods as well as for other agricultural products from Mindanao, that would maintain the country’s food costs minimal and economical for individuals in major metropolitan areas.
The Duterte-Cayetano tandem said that among their main priority when chosen into the top office in the nation is the railway system in Mindanao, probably the most overlooked area in the Philippines.
While in a federalism forum in Kidapawan City, Senator Cayetano was cited as telling “Landlocked agricultural areas like North Cotabato, Bukidnon, Agusan and Lanao del Sur with no access to ports or cargo-loading airports will greatly benefit from the Mindanao Railway System”.
The Vice Presidential hopeful furthermore added that “The railway system will ensure efficient and low-cost transport of food commodities from agricultural areas like North Cotabato to the ports of Davao, General Santos City or Cagayan de Oro City”.
The planned Mindanao Railway System was analyzed and also approved however failed to happen for the reason that no finances was allotted to it by the national government however if the Duterte-Cayetano tandem got elected into Malacañang, it can be a major priority project of the administration.