Upgraded Cagayan Valley road gives local tourism a boost

Published February 17, 2021, 7:38 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Peñablanca town in Cagayan has been enjoying the social and economic impact of the Department of Public Works and Highways’s (DPWH) P27.88-million road improvement project, which fixed a section of Cagayan Valley Road.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (MARK VILLAR FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in statement Wednesday, Feb. 17 that the completion of the Cagayan Valley Road works came in time in helping the local community face the effects of the ongoing pandemic, especially in connection with tourism.

Villar, citing a report by DPWH Regional Office 2 Director Loreta M. Malaluan, said the completed 829-meter road upgrading project involved the overlaying of asphalt along the four-lane portion of Cagayan Valley Road in Barangay Camasi, Peñablanca.

“The improvement of the road section has significantly resulted to better vehicular movement in the area while also promoting safety to travelers. With a smoother road, a boost in mobility and movement of goods and services is also expected, allowing for economic growth in town,” the DPWH statement read.

Aside from benefitting local folk when it comes to their daily activities, tourist can now have better access to the wonderful destinations of Peñablanca, home of the Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape. The area also boasts the famous Callao Cave.

The road rehabilitation project was carried out by the DPWH Cagayan 3rd District Engineering Office (DEO) and funded by the 2020 General Appropriations Act.