P100M worth of roads opened in Daanbantayan

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RESIDENTS of Daanbantayan will now enjoy better mobility, as well as possible increased tourism prospects, following the inauguration of infrastructure projects worth more than P100 million on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

The Cebu Provincial Government announced Thursday, Nov. 11, that Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia inaugurated the Libertad-Dalingding road worth P57.9 million, the four-kilometer Bateria-Libertad road worth P48.1 million, as well as a P5.9 million causeway in Barangay Poblacion.

Sugbo News reported that the governor also led the groundbreaking of another causeway, this time in Barangay Tapilon, worth P7.6 million.

Bike enthusiasts are now looking forward to using the Libertad-Dalingding road, Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura said in the report.

The northernmost town of Cebu, Daanbantayan is famed for its beaches, dive sites and centuries-old church.

But it is looking to draw still more tourists.

Last week, the town broke ground on a new wet market during which Shimura also voiced plans to transform the old site of the wet market and its environs into a tourist attraction.

For the old site of the Wet Section, Shimura announced plans for the waterway beside it to host a floating market for fruits.

This would turn the waterway from the market that runs under the bridge in Sitio San Vicente along the municipal sea to Poblacion Wharf in Sitio Mahayahay into a tourist attraction.

The town, however, is typhoon-prone, so town officials have also moved to protect its residents by building a 3,000-square-meter permanent evacuation center in Barangay Pajo.

The groundbreaking for this P38 million evacuation center was undertaken last September.

Nine people were killed when the town was walloped by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) on Nov. 8, 2013. A storm surge also destroyed houses in the coastal barangays.

Fifteen of the town’s 20 barangays are located on the coastline.

According to the 2020 census of the National Statistics Authority, the northern Cebu town had a population of 93,502.

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