The Department of Public Works and Highways said it has allocated P137 million to make tourism sites of Southern Leyte more accessible to both locals and tourists.
DPWH said the fund was allocated for the 2018 Tourism Road Infrastructure Program, which involves the paving of roads leading to the province’s tourist destinations, including the construction of covered canals and slope protection structures.
The road projects will provide easy access to the following tourist destinations in Southern Leyte: Mainit Hot Spring in the town of Anahawan, Crater Lake in San Juan town, Monte Cueva and Danao Camp Tree Park in Maasin City, Bitoon Beach in Liloan town, Buenavista Dive Site in Padre Burgos town, Calag-itan Fish Sanctuary and Doña Marta and Casa Isabel Cave in Hinunangan town, and Hindag-an Falls in St. Bernard town.
Paved roads would allow people to enjoy a pleasant travel experience and do fun-filled activities in Southern Leyte, such as diving, caving, extreme adventures, nature-tripping, river and crater lake trekking, rainforest tramping, scuba diving, whale shark interaction, and beach and island escapades, the department said in a statement.
As part of the 0+10-point economic agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte, DPWH “continues to implement projects that will promote rural and value chain development toward increasing agricultural and rural enterprise productivity and rural tourism,” it added.
DPWH also said it completed the P203.4-million flood control project that is seen to alleviate flooding around Manila City Hall and Intramuros during rainy season.
DPWH said the project, which involves the construction of bigger reinforced concrete box culvert as drainage measuring 60 inches in diameter along the 2.27-kilometer Padre Burgos Avenue, is now serviceable and linked with the improved Luneta Pumping Station.
“The completion of this project is in time for the upcoming rainy season. Our goal is to directly catch the floodwaters in the area around Manila City Hall and Intramuros which will be pumped out by the newly constructed pumping station, providing convenience to pedestrians and protection to properties,” DPWH said.
The drainage was constructed at the stretch of P. Burgos Avenue from Luneta Pumping Station passing Manila City Hall to Anda Street, Intramuros.