By CHELSEA QUIJANO-SALLOMAN
February 28, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran – P308.972M budget is allocated by the Department of Public Works and Highways Biliran District Engineering Office (DPWH-DEO) for the implementation of projects under the Convergence and Special Support Program this year.
Biliran DEO has partnered with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the construction/ improvement of access roads leading to various industries and economic zones and tourist destinations in the province.
Funded under FY 2018 General Appropriation Act (GAA), P175M budget under DOT is allocated for the Construction/ Improvement of Access Roads leading to Declared Tourism Destinations which comprises of six projects.
These are the P48.120M for Access Road Leading to Bagongbong Falls, Brgy. Caucab, Almeria, Biliran; P30M Access Road leading to Mainit Hot Spring, Brgy. Villa Vicenta (Mainit), Caibiran, Biliran; P15M Access Road leading to Nasunugan Watchtower, Brgy. San Roque, Biliran, Biliran; P30M Access Road leading to Tinago Falls, Brgy. Cabibihan, Caibiran, Biliran; P5M Access Road leading Tomalistis Falls, Brgy. Asug Caibiran, Biliran; and P46.880M Access Road leading to Ulan-ulan Falls, Sampao, Almeria, Biliran.
These projects were prioritized in order to boost tourism in the province. The completion of these projects will provide safe access for local and foreign tourist thus, will encourage more tourists to visit the place and will eventually create new jobs to the locals and income opportunities.
Under the DTI projects, P133.972M is allotted for the Construction/ Improvement of Access Roads leading to Trades, Industries and Economic Zones.
These comprises of five projects which are the P18.972M Caray-caray- Cabungaan- Libtong Road in support of the Agribusiness: Food and Resource-based Processing in Brgy. Libtong, Naval, Biliran; P25M NRJ Agpangi connecting to Sitio Pongon Road in support of the Food and Resource-based Processing in Naval, Biliran; P30M NRJ Villa Consuelo connecting to Libtong Road in support of the Food and Resource-based Processing in Naval, Biliran; P35M Villa Caneja connecting to Sitio Kahukaw Road in support of the Food and Resource-based Processing in Naval, Biliran; and P25M Villa Caneja- Anislagan Road connection to Anislagan Ceramics Producers Association (ACPA), Naval, Biliran.
These projects were prioritized in order to provide safe and faster transport of agricultural products for trade and industry according to DPWH standards.
Through better road infrastructure connecting the industries, more products can be produced and job opportunities for local labor will be enhanced.
According to Engr. Rosario B. Rosete, Chief of the Planning and Design Section, Construction of these projects will start as soon as Notice to Proceed (NTP) will be issued to the contractor. As of this writing, pre-construction activities are still on-going for these projects.