February 25, 2018, 3:57 am
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P31B set for tourism road program

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) is allocating P 30.9 billion investment this year for several infrastructure projects that will help boost tourism in the country.

In his presentation at the national conference of DPWH – DOT Convergence Program held at the DPWH Head Office, Constante Llanes Jr.,  DPWH planning service director said about 1,688 kilometers of tourism roads in 677 projects across 16 regions in the country are programmed for implementation in 2018.

The convergence program is being rolled out under the  Tourism Road Infrastructure Program or TRIP.

As part of the 0+10-point economic agenda of the President Rodrigo R. Duterte administration, DPWH will continue to build projects that will promote rural and value chain development toward increasing agricultural and rural enterprise productivity and rural tourism.

Other high-impact tourism road projects in the 2018 Program include access roads leading to Mapita Tribal Community in Pangasinan; New Clark City; Callao Caves in Tuguegarao City; Buscalan in Kalinga which is also known as the home of the last mambabatok, Apo Whang Od; Seven Cities in Iloilo; La Paz, Zamboanga City; Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon; Asik-Asik Falls, North Cotabato; and Surigao del Sur leading to the world-famous Hinatuan Enchanted River; and circumferential roads in Taal, Batangas; San Jose, Romblon; and Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) in Davao del Norte.

 Coastal roads leading to nature and marine reserves in Pasacao-Balatan in Camarines Sur; Gilutongan and Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary in Cebu; and Canopy Forest in Eastern Samar are also part of the priority projects of TRIP.

For the last five years, the DPWH – DOT convergence program has successfully completed over 1,500 tourism roads nationwide. - Myla Iglesias
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