A Php156.5-million road project that leads to what is dubbed as Iloilo’s “Little Baguio” in Leon town is now more than 80 percent completed, according to the Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Western Visayas.
The project traverses the Bancal-Leon-Antique Boundary Road, which comprises the Php81.3 million concreting of the existing gravel road going to Barangay Bucari and the Php75.2 million construction of slope protection since the area is mountainous and prone to landslide.
The road leads to Bucari Pineridge Mountain Resort.
DPWH-6 regional director Wenceslao Leaño Jr. on Tuesday said that the project serves as a road opening for the proposed Php200 million road project of Senator Loren Legarda that will connect the province of Iloilo to Antique.
However, the concreting of the Php81.3 million road was temporarily suspended as they are still waiting for the “permit to cut” trees that are obstructing in the area. It involves concreting of the unpaved 2.133 kilometers national road.
Once completed, Leaño said the project will boost the tourism industry in the area as the road going to the “Little Baguio” will be more accessible.
The place got its name because of its temperature that is almost similar to that of Baguio City.
He added that people will also be able to transport their products in a faster and more convenient way, thus enhancing the economic condition of the people in the area.
The implementation of the projects started in March last year. It was funded by the DPWH under its 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA). (PNA) LAP/PGL/CBF/CBF