BAGUIO CITY: O ver P1.1-billion worth of road infrastructure projects are set to implemented next year in the Cordillera Administrative Region under the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) convergence program.
The projects are seen to boost the tourism industry Abra, Apayao, Ifugao and Mountain provinces.
In the program, at least P37.6 million is allocated for roads leading to the Chico River white water rafting take-off area at the Naneng Heritage Village and to the rice terraces Tabuk, Kalinga.
Abra is set to get P23.148 million for a road that will lead to the Bani Hot Spring in Boliney town.
Apayao will get a P200-million share for tourism road project that will connect Lusok Cave to Marag Valley, both located in Luna town.
Benguet province will get the largest chunk with P378.8 million for roads leading to Binga Dam and Mt. Ugo in Itogon; the Am-am Observatory rock, the burial cave and the Kada and Kenny farms in Mankayan; and Mt. Pulag in Buguias.
In Ifugao P279.1 million is allocated to connect the Ambuaya Lake, Yamashita Shrine and Kiangan settlement to Lagawe; the Kinakin and Cambulo native villages and the Banao rice terraces in Banaue. Also to be funded are the roads in barangays Chaya, Nagchayan and Apfo’ in Mayoyao; and the Pula village, rice terraces and the Dalican-Batad road in Banaue, Ifugao.
Mountain Province will get a share of P200 million for a road that will lead to the caves, burial caves, rice terraces and waterfalls in the municipalities of Bontoc and Sagada; and to Mogao Mountain and Gawaan Lake in Bauko and Tadian.
DOT Regional Director Purificacion Molintas recently highlighted the importance of the tourism road networks in the government’s goal to achieve 10 million foreign tourist arrivals by 2016.