New Panay road seen to boost agri-ecotourism

ILOILO City – When completed, the new 41-kilometer Panay East-West Lateral Road connecting central and northern Iloilo to the provinces of Antique and Capiz is expected to spur the growth of agri-ecotourism in Panay Island, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The P2.6-billion road includes several bridges and slope protection, said Assistant Regional Director Al Fruto.

Iloilo, Antique and Capiz are mainly rice-producing areas but they also boast of myriad tourist destinations such as beach and mountain resorts, and farmlands doubling as tourist attractions, too.

Around one-fourth of the road has so far been finished, said Fruto, since construction started three years ago.

This was composed of two road sections – the Bugasong-Valderrama road section in Antique and Lambunao-Inca road section in Iloilo.

The Bugasong-Valderrama road section had a total length of 28 kilometers while the Lambunao-Inca road section was 13 kilometers.

According to Fruto, the Panay East-West Lateral Road had long been in the drawing board. It was in 1987 yet when the pre-feasibility study for it was done./PN


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