The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Board has approved almost P4 billion worth of tourism infrastructure projects.
During a board meeting, the priority tourism infrastructure projects have been approved for the provinces such as Benguet, Palawan, Iloilo, Pampanga, Pangasinan and for Corregidor Island.
TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas said this was fourth batch of high impact tourism infrastructure projects approved since reorganization in 2009.
Prior to the meeting, TIEZA has approved P1.2 billion worth of tourism infrastructure projects which included the rehabilitation and improvement of the Chocolate Hills Complex.
In sum, TIEZA board approved a total of P5 billion worth of tourism infrastructure projects in 2019 alone.
“Our tourism infrastructure is not perfect. We need to develop, and build better facilities to ensure that our local and foreign tourists will continue to enjoy our beautiful destinations without compromising environmental sustainability,” Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas said in a statement.
Among the big-ticket projects approved by the Board include:
1) Rehabilitation of Burnham Park in Baguio (P400 million)
2) Construction of Wastewater Treatment Facility, modular floating docks and solar streetlights in Coron, Palawan (P500 million)
3) Tagkawayan Beach Tourism Development Project, modular floating docks in various barangays in Puerto Princesa, Palawan
4) Construction of Housing for Hyperbaric Chamber Facilities in El Nido and Coron, Palawan
5) Restoration/Rehabilitation of three plazas in Iloilo namely Arevalo, Molo, La Paz Plaza (P135 million)
6) Reconstruction and Retrofitting of St. Agustin Church and San Guillermo Church (P83 million)
7) Reconstruction of breakwater in Corregidor Island in Cavite City (P150 million)