By Franco G. Regala
Bagac, Bataan – A 10-million road project in Sitio Matalangao, in the upland village of Banawang here, worth P10 million is seen to provide better access for the Aeta community and boost local tourism.
Municipal administrator Nick Ancheta disclosed that the concreting of the 1.3 kilometer had finally been completed and the indigenous peoples are now expected to easily transport their crops to the market and earn better.
According to Ancheta, the road project was approved by Mayor Louise Gabriel del Rosario to help residents in the upland areas expedite production and trade of their crops and delivery of government’s social and health services.
“The new concrete road would hasten the socio-economic growth of the Aeta community and upland farmers in the periphery of Bataan National Park,” he said, citing that nature lovers and mountain trekkers will be encouraged to visit and explore the biodiversity of the province’s virgin forest.
Ancheta said the tourism impact to the province’s economy was immense even as she cited the latest improvement in the road network would facilitate the assessment and analysis of the municipal tourism development plan.
“The new road would lead to the identification of selected tourism development areas based on the established criteria and integrate them into strategic destination areas or tourism enterprise zones with special themes, products, and market positioning to guide the local government in securing resources to support its development, including promotion of tourism investment.”
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