Tourism Month 2017 good news: DOT-DPWH convergence okays 15 tourism access road projects

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (Sept. 11) – Marking Tourism Month this September, the provincial tourism office bared the national government has approved 15 tourism road access projects worth almost PhP 400 million for implementation starting next year.

Provincial tourism officer Christine Dompor said the approval enhances the spirit of this year’s World Tourism theme “Sustainable Tourism: A Tool for Development” and the province’s position that tourism is a major driver of growth.

“To quote the United Nations, tourism contributes to all the economic, social, and environment dimensions of sustainable development.” Tourism, she said does not only spearhead growth, it also improves the quality of people’s lives and bolsters environmental protection, champion diverse cultural heritage, and strengthens peace in the world.

The road access projects include the paving of the roads leading to Salvosa falls in Pantukan; the Bongkilaton road leading to the Mandaya village, Pansan falls, Bongkilaton cave, and Tagbubunlas falls in Brgy. Ngan, Compostela; the Magsaysay road leading to Aqualime Mountain Resort in Brgy. Magsaysay, the road in Mainit of Nabunturan leading to the Mainit protected landscape, and the Linda road leading to the eco-park in brgy. Linda, both in Nabunturan; the roads leading to Awao falls in Monkayo,  Mahayahay cave inside the Camp Manuel Yan Sr. ecomilitary park in Mawab, the roads leading to the waterfalls of Miyaya, Pyalitan, and the rafflesia site in Mapawa, Maaragusan; and the Mampising road leading to the Marine Centre in brgy. Tagnanan in Mabini the road access to Lake Leonard in New Leyte, Maco.

The district office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Compostela Valley earlier told the provincial tourism office that the projects would be implemented in 2018. In 2016, the convergence project of the Department of Tourism and DPWH completed seven road projects proposed by the tourism office in Maragusan, New Bataan, Mabini, and Nabunturan.

Dompor said the road projects would enhance tourist visits to Compostela Valley which, in 2015, registered the most increase of tourist visits in Davao region. In 2016, she said visits of mostly local and day tourists had already breached the half a million mark.

On Monday, September 11, the provincial tourism office formally opened its month-long observance of tourism month. The observance features cave mapping trainings, tour guiding orientation, farm tourism exhibits at Gaisano mall in Nabunturan, a “support our troop”  mini concert also at the mall, Mt. Pandadagsaan re-validation climb, co- launching of the Christmas Lantern display in Montevista, Amakan crater assessment trek, and an urban container gardening exposition in support and promotion of DOT’s farm tourism drive. (jimmyabayon/tourism/ids)