CENTRAL VISAYAS (PNA) - The Department of Tourism in Region 7 (DoT-7) has listed P1.2 billion in infrastructure projects for the Central Visayas region, whose level of authority of implementation are under the regional director and the district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Said projects include the widening of the Mactan Circumferential Road in Cebu which is worth P113.38 million, and the widening of M. Velez St. in Cebu City which has an allocation of P12.84 million.
DoT Secretary Ramon Jimenez said the Visayas has a significant share of the P12 billion allotted for infrastructure projects under the convergence program of both DoT and the DPWH.
The bulk of these projects are in Bohol, which include improvements of the Tagbilaran North Road, Maribojoc-Antequera-Catagbacan, Loon Road, Tagbilaran-Corella Road and Tagbilaran City Airport Road; upgrading of roads leading to the towns of Maribojoc, Antequera, Catagbacan, Buenavista, Carmen, Danao, Getafe, Jagna, Sierra Bullones, Pilar, Alicia and Loay; rehabilitation of the Panglao Island Circumferential Road; and concreting and widening of the road in Dauis-Panglao.
In Negros Oriental, projects include the concreting of roads leading to tourist sites in Bais City where tourists go to for the sandbar and for watching dolphins, and other such attractions as the Twin Lakes, Tanjay boardwalk, Crystal Cave, Nalundan Falls, Casaroro Falls and the Japanese Shrine, all of which are located in the second district of Negros Oriental province.
Aforesaid convergence program is an agreement between the DoT and DPWH that seeks to boost tourism infrastructure projects in priority tourism areas in the country.
Both agencies will be aided by the Research, Education and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation Inc., a private, registered, not-for-profit policy research and advocacy institute whose primary purpose is the undertaking of continuing research, education and advocacy on policy issues and concerns
REID's activities are currently in infrastructure, transport and logistics, tourism, education and health. It is also implementing such major programs supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Asia Foundation as the linking of island economies through RORO shipping; promoting of public-private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure development; partnerships for better infrastructure and tourism development; and technical assistance to the DoT-DPWH convergence program on enhancing road connectivity.