CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Lazatin Boulevard will soon become the City of San Fernando's "tourism avenue."

This was bared by Mayor Edwin Santiago during a recent forum with media, where he said that Phase 1 of the "transformation" will start in July of this year.

"Lazatin Boulevard which traverses the junction to Barangay Palawe and Heroes Hall up to the other junction near St. Jude Village will be converted to a tourism boulevard with works starting this July. It is Phase 1 of the city government's convergence efforts to boost tourism and promote products of our barangays," he said.

Santiago said that the planned tourism avenue will be lighted by LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs on both sides of the road where walkways and bicycle lanes will be constructed along with the establishment of stalls featuring the city’s heritage, culture and products.

"We have also discussed with the Villa Victoria Subdivision Homeowners Association our desire to hold a flea market, concerts and other family and tourism events at their open grounds," he added.

Santiago said that after the tourism avenue, the City Government will move ahead with its plans to further develop Jose Abad Santos Avenue as a premier gateway and then other roads leading to the city’s main Heritage District.