Central Visayas gets P1.2B infrastructure projects to boost tourism in the region

March 31, 2013 10:41 am 

CEBU CITY, March 30 — The Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 listed P1.2 billion in infrastructure projects for the region, whose level of authority of implementation are under the regional director and the district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

These include the widening of the Mactan Circumferential Road in Cebu worth P113.38 million and the widening of the M. Velez St. in Cebu City which has an allocation of P12.84 million.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said the Visayas had a significant share of the P12 billion allotted for infrastructure projects under the convergence program of both departments.

The bulk of the projects are located in Bohol, which include improvements of the Tagbilaran North Road, Maribojoc-Antequera-Catagbacan, Loon Road, Tagbilaran-Corella Road and Tagbilaran City Airport Road; upgrading roads leading to the towns of Maribojoc, Antequera, Catagbacan, Buenavista, Carmen, Danao, Getafe, Jagna, Sierra Bullones, Pilar, Alicia and Loay; rehabilitation of Panglao Island Circumferential Road; and concreting and widening of the road in Dauis-Panglao.

In Negros Oriental, projects involve the concreting of roads leading to tourist sites like the dolphin watching and white sand bar in Bais City, Twin Lakes, Tanjay boardwalk, Crystal Cave, Nalundan Falls, Casaroro Falls and the Japanese Shrine, all in the second district of Negros Oriental.

The convergence program is an agreement between the DOT and DPWH that seeks to boost tourism infrastructure projects in priority tourism area sin the country.

The agencies will be aided by policy research and advocacy institute Research, Education and Institutional Development Foundation in evaluating which roads to prioritize.(PNA)

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