House allots P17.7 billion fund for the Tourism Road Infra Program

House allots P17.7 billion fund for the Tourism Road Infra Program

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — Rep. Marvin Rillo of Quezon City, who serves as vice head of the House tourism committee, announced on Sunday that P17.7 billion has been set aside by Congress to support the national government’s Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP) this year.

“The fresh funding for the TRIP in the 2023 General Appropriations Law will be spent to construct or upgrade roads leading to declared tourism destinations,” Rillo said.

“We are counting on the tourism sector’s recovery from the pandemic to create new employment and livelihood opportunities for Filipinos, especially in the provinces,” he added.

“This is why we are investing additional money to improve road access to tourist attractions,” Rillo, also a House appropriations committee member, continued.

In order to support the National Tourism Development Plan, TRIP financing is utilized to build roads and bridges in priority locations.

The projects that will get funding are chosen jointly by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Tourism. (ai/mtvn)

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