THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to implement its P1.73 billion Tourism Water Supply Infrastructure Program (TWSIP) in 30 municipalities nationwide.
Secretary Rogelio Singson said the department will begin the water source development and corresponding detailed engineering design of projects that were identified in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
“Our target is to start the implementation of TWSIP as soon as possible,” Singson said.
He said the funding for the program was already released by the Department of Budget and Management.
Singson said waterless tourism areas in the country need to be developed to attract more foreign and local visitors.
“Tourism spots need to have safe and sustainable water supply to further enhance its tourism potential. This will be addressed once our water supply projects are completed,” he explained.
Among the municipalities identified by the DPWH are San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Baguio City, Benguet; Roxas and El Nido, Palawan; Aroroy, Masbate; Murcia and San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; Balete Libacao, Aklan; Jamindan and Pres. Roxas, Capiz; and Passi, Iloilo.
The project also includes eight municipalities in Central Visayas —five in Cebu and three in Bohol, two in Western Visayas, one in Region 10 and six in Region 11.
The Tourism Water Supply Infrastructure Program is a joint project of DPWH, DOT, LWUA and NAPC, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The program seeks to facilitate tourism and economic growth in identified priority development areas in the Philippines.