Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino. (PNA file photo)
CEBU CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed over PHP200 million worth of road projects in Leyte that are expected to further boost connectivity to tourist spots and economic zones in the region.
Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, lauded the completion of the road projects, saying quality roads are vital in stimulating economic activity in local communities and providing them with better opportunities.
“Investing in infrastructure is crucial in the country’s economic recovery from the current crisis, particularly in reviving the tourism industry,” Dino said in a statement Monday.
Dino said road projects are “one of the thrusts of the Duterte administration” and it strives to make infrastructure buildup as one of the priority areas given the major contribution to economic development.
During the Laging Handa network news briefing, Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas reported that the DPWH-Leyte’s 4th District Engineering Office (DEO) has completed two road projects.
These are the PHP45.7-million Lake Danao-Gaas-Sition Maglahog-Quezon Jr. road improvement project in Ormoc City, and the PHP75-million widening of Kananga-Tongonan Hot Spring Road.
The improved roads around Lake Danao-Gaas-Sition Maglahog-Quezon Jr. lead to Lake Danao and Lake Kasusuran.
Residents and tourists can have easier access to the two lakes using the completed project. The two lakes are one of the most visited tourism sites in Ormoc City.
The statement from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas also said the widening of Kananga-Tongonan Hot Spring Road which leads to geothermal power facilities in Leyte has also been completed.
The 1.5-kilometer tertiary road improves access, promotes road safety among locals and tourists, and boosts tourism in Kananga, Leyte, and Ormoc City. The widened road makes tourist sites more accessible and easier to get to, it said.
According to OPAV, the funding for both projects will be taken from the Convergence and Special Support Program of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2020 in line with the DPWH-Department of Tourism (DOT) convergence program.
The DPWH-DOT convergence program contributes to the inclusive growth in the community, Gonzales said.
The program incorporates communities to the tourism value chain and building local institutions through improved road connectivity, Gonzales said.
The projects under the program will promote balanced development and create more jobs and income opportunities for more Filipinos, he added.
Meanwhile, the DPWH Leyte 1st DEO also completed the PHP91.6-million road leading to the economic centers in Alangalang, Leyte.
The road project is located along the Divisoria-Langit-San Antonio Farm and connects to Tigbao-Sta. Fe-San Miguel road and Palo-Carigara-Ormoc road.
The project is funded under the convergence and special support program of the DPWH as a support to the garment industry in New Era, Barangay Langit, Alangalang town in Leyte.
Gonzales said the road project was envisioned to further fuel the recent growth of economic activities in the area to unlock more jobs and income opportunities to the locals. (PNA)