ROADS that improve access between farms and markets as well as to nature tourism sites have been completed in the provinces of Aklan and Zamboanga Sibugay, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Sunday.
In Aklan, located on the western side of central Philippines, one of two completed projects was a 4.5-kilometer access road to Capiz, which will support the province’s coconut processing and native sleeping mat industries. It cost P53 million.
Another 3.4-kilometer concrete road in Libacao, worth P79 million, eases delivery of various products using native materials such as abaca. It also serves as an access route to the tourist attraction called Manila Viewpoint.
“The completion of these road projects has provided great relief since local producers need not walk hours to neighboring towns or provinces to deliver their native goods to nearby markets,” said DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado in a statement.
A P23.4-million road going to the Mangayaw Falls in Libacao has also been completed.
In Zamboanga Sibugay, a province on the southwestern side of the country’s south, three completed projects will improve connectivity between towns as well as in the transport of crops, especially during the rainy season, DPWH said.
With a total cost of P32.3 million, these were: 1.02-km La Dicha-Danlugan Diversion Road; 0.931-km Guilawa-Palalian-Barangay Poblacion Malangas Bypass Road; and 0.953-km Kulasi-An-Balungisan Bypass Road in Payao.
MT. BULUSAN TOURISM
Meanwhile, the department also announced the completion of a new 1,002-square meter tourism center in Bulusan, Sorsogon
The town is most known for its mountain and lake with the same name.
“Multipurpose facilities were built near Bulusan Lake consisting of a food bar or dining area with comfort rooms and ramps, waiting shed, souvenir shop, ticket booth and queue sheds, and the main feature of upper view deck overlooking the lake,” said DPWH-Bicol Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte.
The facility and supporting road network, built at a cost of P60 million, has been turned over to the Bulusan local government. — MSJ