TUGUEGARAO CITY: A P1-billion convergence projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Tourism (DOT) will be implemented for the tourism access roads in the Cagayan Valley region.
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 2 office here said “it is all systems go for the P1,036,559,000 convergence projects of the national government for the development of tourism road infrastructure in the region.”
PIA officer Alvin de los Santos said the amount represents 2 percent of the P34-billion national budget, which is part of the Convergence Program for Enhancing Tourism Access (CPETA) for tourism road projects.
In Cagayan, de los Santos said the project is implemented by the Cagayan First District Engineering Office (DEO) of the DPWH with a budget of P542.8 million for 2012-2014.
He said the projects under the Cagayan’s first DEO included the Dugo-San Vicente Road along sections of Gonzaga at P150 million; Santa Ana, P139 million; Buguey, P35 million; Camalaniugan, P58.807 million; Santa Teresita, P100 million and an access road leading to the Blue Water Cave in Baggao at P60 million.
Meanwhile, the improvement and widening of the Peñablanca-Callao Cave Road was completed in 2012 with a budget of P100 million under the third DEO.
For the lone district of Batanes, an amount of P245.352-million worth of road networks for 2013-2014 is also set to be implemented.
De los Santos said the projects include airport access road in Itbayat Island at P29.852 million; San Vicente-Savidug-Chavayan-Sumnanga-Nakamuan Road leading to Sabtang Cultural Heritage site, the Nakabuag beach and the stone houses in Sabtang Island with P94.500 million; Basco-Mahatao-Ivana-Uyugan-Imnajbu road leading to eco-cultural sites in Batan Island, P81 million; Uyugan-Mahatao interior road, Batan Island, P32 million; and the San Felix bridge in Ivana, P8 million.
In Quirino province, the road from Maddela river ecology and tourism park to Victoria waterfalls and eco-tourism park in Aglipay got P90 million and the road leading to Cabaruan caves and waterfalls in the same town has P40 million, all to be implemented by the Quirino lone DEO in 2014.
For Isabela province, the DOT said an access road leading to Camp Vizcarra in Ramon town has P12.4-million budget to be completed this year under the fourth DEO.
In 2014, the southern DEO in Nueva Vizcaya will also implement an access road to Capisaan Caves in the mountain town of Kasibu with P46-million budget.
Region 2 DOT Director Bles-sida Diwa said the locations of the projects have been identified as the “priority tourist destinations in the region” under the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program Convergence program of the national government.
“With this convergence, we expect tourism to grow in the region, boost economic growth and reduce poverty,” Diwa said.