‘More tourism roads in WV this year’

The Department of Tourism (DOT-6) said more tourism roads would be built in Western Visayas this year to make it easier for tourists to visit the region’s “beautiful destinations.”

According to the DOT-6, there are 142 proposed road projects from the different legislative districts of the region for 2019.

Last year, 79 of the 168 proposed tourism road projects, which amounted to P2.48 billion, were included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“These road projects made more tourism destinations accessible to tourists and provided livelihood in the community as tourism facilities begin to emerge with the influx of tourists,” said DOT-6 Director Helen J. Catalbas.

Strong road networks, she said, “often lead to better economy as investments continues to pour and micro, small and medium enterprises emerge.”

Roads also connect people, culture, heritage and traditions, Catalbas added.

The director considered air, land and sea connectivity as one of the competitive advantages of the region.

“Its strengthened linkage to more major hubs in the Philippines made Western Visayas accessible to more domestic and foreign tourists,” she said.

In 2017, 5.8 million local and foreign tourists visited the region. They spent P128.45-billion in tourism facilities and products.

On Jan. 29, the DOT-Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Convergence Program on Tourism Road Infrastructure Projects (TRIP) will conduct a Regional Consultative Workshop to present its 2018 accomplishments and updates on pending and upcoming projects.

The improved Tourism Road Infrastructure Project Prioritization Criteria (TRIPPC) Guidelines and indicative steps for submission of required documents will also be discussed during the workshop.IMT