DOT allots P340M for infra projects-A A +A
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
TOURISM highways in the Cordillera Administrative Region are underway.
Mountain Province Representative Maximo Dalog revealed three road projects passed reevaluation of Tourism Road Infrastructure Project Prioritization Criteria worth P340 million.
“We are with gifted natural wonders and for these to become fit as havens for tourism, it is important for roads leading to these various tourism destinations to be upgraded and improved,” the lawmaker said.
The projects will boost tourism in the province with infrastructure leading to local tourism sites approved by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for 2014.
A P140 million fund was set for the upgrading (gravel to paved) of an eight kilometer Sabangan-Sagada Road leading to Poblacion Sagada, Sumaging Cave, Hanging Coffins, Bomod-ok Falls, Bokong Falls and Marcos Cave.
Also included in the convergence program are two more road projects namely: Balili-Suyo-Sagada Road leading to Sagada Caves, Burial Caves, Rice Terraces and Water Falls in the municipalities of Bontoc and Sagada and the Mabaay-Abatan Road leading to various tourism sites in Mabaay and Abatan, Bauko.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has directed all regional directors to prepare the program of works and preliminary engineering design of the tourism projects.
The DOT-DPWH Convergence Program on Enhancing Tourism Access is a joint undertaking between the Department of Tourism, the Department of Public Works and Highways and REID Foundation, Inc., pursuant to Sections 34 to 37 of Republic Act 9593, otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009.
The program aims to establish a tourism infrastructure program in the work programs of DOT, DPWH, and Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) based on the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) and identify vital access roads, airports, seaports, and other infrastructure requirement in identified tourism areas and coordination of local government initiatives with the NTDP.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 11, 2013.