Despite the critical issues surrounding the 6-lane superhighway project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), first district congressman Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez said he is optimistic that the project will boost Palawan’s tourism industry.
Rep. Alvarez said that while he is aware of the issues being raised about the road expansion project, he noted its overall objective is beneficial to the province.
“Mas magiging mabilis ang byahe dahil maluwag ang mga kalsada and this might reduce the travel time.” Alvarez said.
Rep. Alvarez said that this project will open many other opportunities to Palawan in terms of tourism, as additional airports are already in the pipeline that would encourage tourists to come.
Alvarez added there is a need to also focus on the roads leading to emerging tourist destinations like Dumaran and some other island towns of Palawan.
He said that most of these roads are “provincial roads” which are under the jurisdiction of the provincial government, such as the road leading to Barangay Sta. Teresita, Dumaran.
Despite of this, Alvarez said he has already helped allot P50M for the road concreting to Bgy. Sta. Teresita and another P50M for the circumferential road in the island part of the town which will commence next year.
“Alam ko na maliit ito, pero ang importante masimulan natin, kasi sunod-sunod na ‘yan,” Alvarez said.
Aside from the town of Dumaran, he said he already requested the DPWH to allot P50M each for the road projects in the towns of Araceli, Cuyo, Magsaysay, Culion and Cagayancillo.