The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Negros Occidental Second District Engineering Office, in convergence with the Department of Tourism (DOT), is currently constructing an access road leading to Binadlan Falls located approximately 13 kilometers from Barangay Bi-ao proper in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.
The project involves the construction of a 3.75-kilometer Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP), 6.10-meter wide, 230.00-milimeter thick road with an allocation of P100 million.
The fund came from the district’s 2018 Infrastructure Program in the amount of P79.995 million and is also included in the Multi-Year Planning and Scheduling with another budget of P50.0 million to be included in FY 2019 Infra Program of the District.
According to Randolfo A. Melosantos, district engineer, the concreting of the existing earth road started in July 2018 and is expected to be completed in May next year, given favorable weather condition.
This earth road serves as the major access to the highland barangays in the town of Binalbagan, making it difficult for the residents to transport their products to the town, especially during rainy days. Hence, with this road concreting project, land transportation and its accessibility will be improved, allowing the smooth flow of traffic and faster delivery of goods and services.
Likewise, the road will help boost tourism development of the town and the province as well as it provides access to Binadlan Falls, or commonly known as Bambi Falls, one of the many tourist destinations in the town of Binalbagan.
The falls was featured in television programs such as “Umagang Kay Ganda” of ABS-CBN and “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Sojo” of GMA Network.
Part of this road section was enchanted as the locales say since their vehicles have hard time going down but find it easy to up.
However, the road actually has an optical illusion where motorists used to think that the road is going up but the fact is it is going downward, vice versa. The road section is also considered a magnetic hill.
This road concreting project, when completed, will also attract both foreign and local tourists to visit Binadlan Falls and other tourist destinations in the area, boosting the tourism as well as economic development of the people and the town.DPWH-6/PR