Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that locals and tourists are now benefiting from the recently-completed road leading to the famed Mt. Mayapay in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte.
The now paved 1.36 kilometer 2-lane road from the junction of Buenavista-Bunaguit Road leading to the foot of Mt. Mayapay now provides a safer and faster travel to mountaineers, hikers, and nature lovers who want to view the breathtaking details of Butuan City.
The first phase of the road improvement project involves concreting of 607.5 meters beginning at NRJ Buenavista-Bunaguit Road. After its completion in January 2020, construction works on the remaining 752.5 meters resumed in February and was completed on July 18.
“Significantly also, local residents who mostly belong to the Higaonon and Manobo tribes living in Mt. Mayapay as their ancestral domain, now have a more convenient access to basic government services and commodities giving them an opportunity for economic development and an improved way of life”, Secretary Villar said.
With an allocation of P29.3 million, the road project started on August 2019 under the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to improve access and connectivity to tourism sites.