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MAASIN CITY, May 21 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field office here is paving roads leading to five tourism destinations in Southern Leyte province, District Engineer Manolo Rojas reported.

The roads will make the sites accessible to tourists and locals, he said.

It will also improve access leading to the following tourism sites: Fatima Hills in Macrohon town with P2.61 million allocation; Crater Lake in San Juan town - P24.5-M; Ollies Wall dive site in Liloan town - P9.8-M; Guinsaugon Lake - P9.8-M; and the Bird Sanctuary and Mangrove in St. Bernard town - P9.8-M.

“These tourism access roads will not only attract more tourists and travelers but will also provide locals easier transportation of their goods and farm products to commercial districts. Hopefully, these projects will unlock economic opportunities for communities near these sites,” Rojas said in a press statement.

Last year, the field office completed the construction of access roads leading to eight tourism destinations in the province.

The site for the tourism access road project has been identified through a convergence between the DPWH and the Department of Tourism in an effort to attract more tourists to less developed communities.

The construction of tourism access roads is part of the 0+10-pointeEconomic agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte aimed at promoting rural and value chain development toward increasing agricultural and rural enterprise productivity and rural tourism, he said.

Southern Leyte province is known for its world-class dive sites, caves, extreme adventure sites, waterfalls, safari, river trekking, crater lake trekking, fish feeding, island escapades, beach fun, and religious journeys. (ldl/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)