by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, June 23 (PIA) — The P20 million allocation coming from the national government to upgrade two road sections in the municipality of Barcelona manifests President Aquino’s thrust for infrastructure development to boost tourism industry in the countryside.
The two other components, attractions and activities, lies within us stakeholders,” Rep. Deogracias B. Ramos of the 2nd congressional district of Sorsogon said in an interview here last week during the Ginubat Festival in his hometown, Gubat.
Reports of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd District Engineering Office show the near completion of about 86 percent of the Ariman junction-Bulusan road concreting project, according to Ramos, will trigger more tourism access and provide economic activities to most of the municipalities in the second district linked by the road sections.
District Engineer Juanito Alamar said that the two road components divided into two road sections with an aggregate length of 902.88 meters with the first section of 610+499.55 km and 610+920.80 in Barangays Tagdon and in Macabari, while the second section 614+277km and 614+758.63 km concreting are now done in Barcelona that will provide A-1 access to several second district municipalities like Bulusan, Irosin, Matnog and Bulan.
He said that the Ariman junction-Bulusan road concreting is now on its 86 percent completion and will be finished at the end of July this year.
Alamar said that these road components lead to the famous Bulusan Volcano Natural Park (BVNP), considered as one of the best natural parks in the Philippines, wherein DPWH constantly oversees and maintains in terms of accessibility development.
Ramos meanwhile expressed that the access road opened by the Ariman junction will also provide safer and faster travels to a lot of tourism destinations in the municipalities of the second district known for its varied attractions.
“I am aware that tourism today is one of the best economic up-lifter of communities. As representative of the second district , I have also refiled the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park Environmental Code (BVNPEC) that will provide more development funds and environmental sustainable – measures” , Ramos also expressed.
This allocation according to Ramos is a carry over for infrastructure development from calendar year 2010 primarily to upgrade the road sections from asphalt to concrete which is more durable.
“With the near completion of the road access, tourism opportunities and accessibility will be more opened to the municipalities of Irosin known for its hot and cold water bodies, Matnog for its scenic Subic Beach and Tikling Island, and Bulan as a growing tourism business hub, it being just like Matnog, a gateway to the south and the north” Ramos added.
“Our congressional office is now working actively to complement the Department of Tourism‘s (DOT) thrust to make tourism the primary attraction of our province. Here we have the best of ecotourism sites, natural and not just-man made. We can also strengthen our agricultural and cultural identity which to us is our way of life,” according to Ramos .
“That is why we have to make these accessible to tourist and propel our province’s economy by providing better and safer roads.” (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)