Tourists and locals in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur are already reaping the benefits of the ongoing project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to pave the road leading to the town’s hotspot destination — Enchanted River.
Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar said the ongoing improvement of the NRJ-Dumagnon-Enchanted River-Baculin Road in Hinatuan town is expected to attract more tourists, which could stimulate economic activities in the province.
“Aside from the majestic Enchanted River, tourists have also gained new options in their quest for adventure and relaxation provided by the new access road,” Villar added.
Apart from its impact on the tourism and economic sectors, Villar said that this project will also enhance the quality of life of residents in the municipality of Hinatuan.
“Right now, the completed sections already provide comfort and economic opportunities to residents of Barangays Talisay, Dugmanon, Cambatong, Port Lamon, and Campa,” Villar noted.
Citing a report from the DPWH Region 13, Villar said residents called the project a “dream come true” as access to basic government services has improved, more visitors have frequented the area, and many investors have started businesses that gave locals job opportunities.
The multi-year project involves 12.192 kilometers of road and three bridges with a total combined length of 356 lineal meters. The bridges are Dumagnon Bridge, Cambatong Bridge, and Port Lamon Bridge.
Part of the ongoing project covers the construction of Port Lamon Bridge, which involves 1049.40 square meters of concrete bridge with a length of 110 meters, and construction of 8.6-lane kilometer road.
The bridge project under fiscal year 2020 is already 93.6 percent finished. It is targeted for completion by the end of March 2021.