DPWH paves 1-km road leading to Tirad Pass

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said going to the Historical Tirad Pass Shrine in Gregorio del Pilar, Ilocos Sur, is now easier through a newly-completed tourism road project of the DPWH Ilocos Sur 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO).

According to Secretary Villar, one (1) kilometer of road was constructed and improved along Cervantes-Sigay Ilocos Sur Road passing Barangay Libang, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur to provide easier access to tourists heading to Tirad Pass which is a significant place in Philippine history.

“We allocated a total of P18.87 million to complete the project involving stone masonry, concrete pavement, curb and gutter and reinforced concrete pipe culverts, transforming the once gravel road into a safer 2-lane concrete road,” said Secretary Villar.

To reach Tirad Pass, tourists must then take Santiago-Bannayoyo-Lidlidda San Emilio Road; Candon-Galimuyod-Salcedo-Del Pilar Road or Tagudin-Suyo-Sigay-Del Pilar Road in the province of Ilocos Sur..

Tirad Pass is declared as a National Shrine, having been the site of the 1899 Battle of Tirad Pass between the 60-man Filipino rear guard commanded by Brigadier General Gregorio del Pilar and more than 500 American soldiers.