Tublay, a landlocked agricultural municipality in Benguet, is now more accessible to tourists traders with the completion of the new Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Junction to Bangho-Daclan-Basil-Tublay Central Road.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that safer and more convenient travel awaits tourists visiting Tublay with the completion of the 2.2-km concrete road that serves as an alternate route for the existing Acop-Kabangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road.
The construction of the new Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Junction to Bangho-Daclan-Basil-Tublay Central Road is part of the Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade or the ROLL IT Program, a convergence and special support program of the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) and DPWH aimed to provide economic opportunities in the municipality.
The road project involves construction a new access road, slope protection, curb and gutter, installation of concrete barrier in high elevation areas.
According to DPWH Benguet Second District Engineer Romelda A. Bangasan, a total of P84.7-million was allocated for the road project which also involved widening of narrow road sections from eight (8) to nine (9) meters.
“Aside from the boost in tourism, we are glad to provide better road infrastructure to facilitate faster delivery of goods from farms to markets as the municipality is one of the major vegetable producers in the Cordilleras,” said Secretary Villar.