SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela, Mar. 5 (PIA) — This city was the first local government unit in the Cagayan Valley Region to ground break its first tourism road project worth P100 million this year under the Department of Tourism-Department of Public Works and Highways (DOT-DPWH) Tourism Roads Infrastructure Program (TRIP) Convergence initiative.
Mayor Joseph Tan, together with DOT regional director Virgilio Maguigad and DPWH-Isabela district engineer Noli Mansibang, led the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of roads going to and within Dariuk Hills, which is being developed as the city’s prime ecotourism and faith tourism park.
Tan said the Dariuk Hills, located at Barangay Balintocatoc here, offers a pilgrimage venue for the Holy Week where life-sized Stations of the Cross are presented from the foot of the hill going up to the top where the Chapel of Transfiguration is located.
“Picnic huts, greeneries and playgrounds are also available in the area,” Tan said as he expects that more DOT projects will be implemented here especially the city’s river system where it can be converted into tourism parks.
Maguigad, on the other hand, said tourist destinations in the Cagayan Valley and Northern Philippine Islands get at least P1.7 billion worth of tourism road projects in 2018. (ALM/MGE/PIA-2 Isabela)