Zambo Sibugay town mayor expects trickle down economic benefits from Malangas-Alicia road project

By Antonio Manaytay

IPIL, Philippines — The 24-kilometer coastal road project connecting the municipalities of Malangas and Alicia will also benefit nearby towns such as Payao in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Payao town Mayor Joeper Mendoza expects a windfall for his tourism program with the completion of the road project.

Mendoza, in an interview, said the ease of travel due to the improved road conditions in nearby municipalities would result to bigger volume of tourists.

The town of Alicia shares its border with Payao, a third class municipality with a population of over 40,000.

Last week, Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highway announced that the Malangas-Alicia road project is 36.6 percent complete.

DPWH: ALICIA-MALANGAS ROAD PROJECT IN ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY NOW 36.6% COMPLETE

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Posted by Department of Public Works and Highways on Monday, November 9, 2020

Villar said the road project has “eight bridge components.” The DPWH, he said, has made “significant progress” on the ongoing road project despite the weather.

The project, according to Villar, is one of the three “core projects” under the “Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project.”

“Eventually, our town can benefit indirectly from the project,” Mendoza pointed out.
The mayor expects bigger volume of visitors from nearby towns to the town’s tourism destinations.
Payao has several natural tourism destinations such as the “enchanted Pandilusan Island, and sand bar.” (READ: Zamboanga Sibugay town showcases white sand beach, sand bar, and corrals to boost tourism)
That’s the reason why the local government has doubled its effort to develop its tourism program. It has already started improving some of its tourism sites.
“We see it (road project) as an opportunity for the town to develop its natural tourism potential,” he said.
The MINDANAO SUN

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