‘31-km. Island Garden City of Samal Circumferential Road to provide access to Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Samal Botanical Garden in Samal Island, Davao del Norte, among those included’
ABOUT 1,549 kilometers of roads from the P60 Billion government allocation for Tourism Road Infrastructure are completed and are said to complement with the Philippines’ natural attractions and draw local and foreign tourists nationwide.
According to Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, the investment amount released over the period of five years from FY 2011 to 2015 was utilized to finance 463 projects involving construction, upgrading, rehabilitation, and improvement of roads and bridges including slope protection works with a total length of 2,502 kilometers.
Funding for the 463 projects, 110 projects of which are completed with 316 on-going and 37 under detailed engineering and procurement stage were sourced from the Department of Tourism (DOT)-DPWH Convergence Program amounting P47.58 Billion. Meanwhile P12.91Billion was released from DPWH infrastructure program for road upgrading, preventive maintenance and access to declared tourism.
An additional amount of P24 Billion for the completion of about 1,200 kilometers in critical or prioritized sections of on-going tourism road projects was submitted in the proposed 2016 Budget
Among the major tourism road projects completed and on-going include the 6 km with two lane tunnel road known as Ternate-Nasugbu Road connecting the coastal towns of Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas; 5.6 kilometers access road to Puerto Princesa City Underground River also leading to mangrove forest, white sand beach, Sabang zipline and Ugong rock mountain in Palawan; 44.6 kilometers Taytay-El Nido Road, Palawan; 11 kilometers Ambangeg Junction National Road to Mount Pulag, known for its magnificent view of sunrise and sunset, in Benguet; 24 kilometers access roads to Donsol, Sorsogon famous for whale shark viewing locally known as Butanding; 41 kilometers Panglao Island Circumferential Road leading to location of Bohol’s beach resorts and dive spots; and 31 kilometers Island Garden City of Samal Circumferential Road which provides access to Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Samal Botanical Garden in Samal Island, Davao del Norte.
In Northern Luzon, DPWH Region 1 recently completed the 4-km construction and improvement of Junction Ilocos Norte-Abra Road which serves as gateway to ecotourism spots of the mountainous municipality of Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte.
Tubeg Viewdeck, Imelda Park, and Hercules Mines Access to Mt. Sicapo Camp Site, are among the ecotourism spots in Nueva Era linked by the P91 Million worth road project.
Staying true to its promise of bringing the services closer to the people, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has opened its 67th branch in Agusan del Sur recently. “Napakalayong lugar ito kaya nga dapat magkaroon ng isang branch doon para mabigyan ng tulong ang ating mga kababayan...