In 2019, Philippines Government is all set to put in P31 billion behind tourism access roads

This was unveiled by Bernadette Fatima Romulo Puyat, the Tourism Secretary of Philippines in a recent presentation in front of the members of the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and tourism industry stakeholders.

“Our convergence with the Department of Public Works and Highways [DPWH], called the Tourism Road Infrastructure Prioritization Program [TRIPP], will spend P30.9 billion in 2019 to develop 1,236 kilometers of roads leading to tourist destinations all over the country. This is in addition to the P84.6 billion that we have invested so far since 2011 for 1,578 km of national and local roads,” she said.

These roads will be based in what the DOT has recognized as 20 tourism clusters in the country, seven of are located in northern Philippines, six in central Philippines, and seven in southern Philippines. Of these clusters, nine are called “gateway clusters,” which have international airports, along with 48 tourism development areas.

As per the proposed National Expenditure Program for the DPWH for 2019, P1.85 billion will be invested on the building and improvement of access roads heading to airports, as about P2.5 billion will be allocated for the construction/improvement of access roads going to seaports.

Outside of the National Capital Region, four provincial regions have been scheduled to be given the bulk of the budget for the construction/improvement of access roads leading to declared tourism destinations. Davao region of President Duterte has been designated the largest funds at some P1.61 billion, followed by Central Visayas at P1.46 billion, Western Visayas at some P1.3 billion, and Central Luzon at P915,000.

Among the DOT’s priorities, Romulo Puyat highlighted, is the “[improvement] of policies on access, connectivity and security, as well as enhance programs on tourism infrastructure.”

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