Fourteen tourism road infrastructure projects (TRIPs) in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, worth P610 million, were approved last year, under the convergence program of the departments of Tourism and of Public Works and Highways.
Records furnished by Negros Occidental Supervising Tourism Operations Officer, Cristine Mansinares, yesterday showed that, of the 35 proposed TRIPs for the province, 14 were given funding in 2018, and are among the 79 projects approved across Western Visayas.
The P610 million is part of the P2.49 billion worth of tourism road infrastructure projects, with Iloilo province taking the biggest slice of the pie at P844,850,000. Negros Occidental got P520 million, and Bacolod City P90 million worth of approved constructions in 2018.
Among the projects given budget in the second district of the province include the construction/rehabilitation/improvement of access road to Lakawon Island Resort in Cadiz City, worth P40 million, construction/improvement of access road from Brgy. Bato to Brgy. Puey towards Ata Village in Sagay City - P20 million, construction/improvement of access road leading to Pacol Falls, Alimatoc Rice Terraces and Prayer Mountain in Cadiz City - P20 million, and construction/improvement of access road leading to Bulanon-Purok Bangcal in Sagay City - P20 million.
In the third district, the projects approved by DOT-DPWH were the rehabilitation/reconstruction/improvement of Bangga Dose-First Farmers Mill-Brgy. Concepcion Tourism Road with P50 million in appropriation and the construction/concreting of access road leading to Imbang San Fernando Junction to Bayusan Tambara with P50 million. These projects are in Talisay City.
In the fourth district, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Alianza-Ayungon-La Carlota Road leading to Bantayan Park or Balay Daku in La Carlota City was allotted P50 million, while the upgrading/concreting of the Maiul-Pataan Road leading to Pataan and Tinago Mountain Resort in Bago City got P50 million.
The fifth district has only one approved TRIP, which is the upgrading of the access road, from unpaved to paved, leading to Binadlan Falls in Binalbagan, worth P100 million, records showed.
Four projects in district six were approved, with two for Kabanakalan City, which are the concreting/widening/improvement of the Kabankalan-Bais National Primary Road leading to Mag-aso Falls, worth P30 million, and the concreting/widening/improvement of the Bacolod South National Road leading to Daan Banwa, which is a bird watching area, with an approved allocation of P20 million.
The two other TRIPs are in Sipalay City, including the concreting/widening/improvement of the Bacolod South National Road leading to the Maricalum Port to Campomanes Bay, worth P20 million, and the concreting/widening/improvement of the Bacolod South National Road leading to the Sugar Beach Resort and Langub Beach Resort.
Meanwhile, DOT 6 director Helen Catalbas said in a press release yesterday that in 2019, there are 142 proposed projects in Western Visayas under the TRIP program.
She said there will be a regional consultative workshop to present the 2018 accomplishments and updates on the program implementation.
Catalbas also said project proposals previously submitted and not considered for 2019 will be reassessed and revalidated for possible listing in 2020.*
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