DPWH paves road to Cagayan's 'Fire Mountain'

Published August 5, 2021, 2:43 PM

by Betheena Unite

A four-kilometer road leading to Mount Cagua–also known as “Fire Mountain”–in Gonzaga, Cagayan has been completely paved, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

ROAD TO FIRE MOUNTAIN– A four-kilometer access road leading to Mount Cagua in Gonzaga, Cagayan was recently completed. (Photo courtesy of the DPWH)

The improvement works covered the entirety of the 4.24-kilometer road located in Barangay Magrafil. These included works on the drainage, slope protection structure, and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings.

Now called the Magrafil Access Road, the road had a total allocation of P110 million as provided under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for fiscal year 2020 tp 2021

Region II Director Loreta M. Malaluan said the department continues to improve roads leading to tourist destinations in the province of Cagayan, noting that three other infrastructure projects are underway in the town of Gonzaga.

“We want to complete these tourism improvement projects immediately to improve access and connectivity of residents and attract more tourists to visit the wonders of this part of Cagayan,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.

“These road improvement projects leading to Gonzaga Municipality’s emerging tourist destinations are implemented in convergence with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to promote both tourism and socio-economic development in the province,” Villar added.

A concreting project covering a 185-meter road, also in Barangay Magrafil, is currently ongoing with a 91.26 percent completion rate. A P5-million fund had been set aside for the project.

Improvement works are also underway on a 2.78-kilometer access road and 34-meter carriageway in Barangay Sta. Clara. Both are reinforced with concrete shoulders, retaining walls, line canals, and slope protection structures, the DPWH said.