After decades of muddy road, a project recently completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) now ensures safe and convenient travel for locals and tourists to a famous diving spot in Masbate.
Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the project by DPWH Masbate 1st District Engineering Office involves the concreting of a two-lane junction national road to Sitio Tacdugan in Barangay Baahanglad, San Jacinto, Masbate.
“This road will serve as a catalyst in improving the rural economy of Masbate through tourism and easy transport of agricultural products at a lower cost”, added Secretary Mark Villar.
The 5.97 kilometer tourism road beginning at Barangay Sta. Rosa in the municipality of San Jacinto, Masbate leads to the famous diving spot “Manta Bowl”, a Manta Ray sanctuary in Ticao, Burias Pass, up to Ticao Island Resort.
Secretary Villar, citing reports from DPWH Region 5 Director Virgilio Eduarte, explained that aside from tourism and agricultural prospects, the project can also be a venue of wellness and fitness activities such as jogging and biking, with captivating sceneries for photography enthusiasts.
Other activities on the project include off-carriageway concrete pavement, drainage and slope protection structures, and installation of lighting facilities.