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MAASIN CITY, Mar. 13 (PIA) -- Some eight (8) road projects that lead to identified tourist sites in different locations in the province are now being improved to make these sites accessible and more visitor-friendly.

In a press statement, the Southern Leyte District Engineering Office - Department of Public Works and Highways (SLDEO-DPWH), the implementing agency, detailed the specific locations and the corresponding project cost as follows.

Taglinao Falls in San Francisco, P12.86 million

Anas View Deck, Padre Burgos, P22.6 million

Bird Sanctuary and Mangrove Site, Saint Bernard, P10 million

Crater Lake, San Juan, P24 million

Fatima Hills, Macrohon, P11.74 million

Guinsaugon Lake, Saint Bernard, P10 million

Ollies Wall Dive, Liloan, P10 million

Limasawa Circumferential Road, P50 million

“The tourism access roads will not only attract more tourists and travelers but will also provide our locals easier transportation of their goods and farm products to commercial districts,” District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia was quoted in the statement as saying.

“Hopefully, these projects will unlock economic opportunities in rural communities,” she added.

Identification of these road-to-tour-sites projects, which are now up and running as of this writing, was conducted through a convergence between DPWH and DOT, it was learned.

Construction of covered canals and installation of slope protection are among the scope of the projects, targeted to be completed within the year.

“Southern Leyte province is known for world-class dive sites, caves, extreme adventure sites, waterfalls, safari, river trekking, crater lake trekking, fish feeding, rain forest tramping, scuba diving and whale shark interaction, island escapades, beach fun, and religious journeys,” the SLDEO press statement further said. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)