The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is developing an access road leading straight to Camarines Norte in an effort to support the ecotourism industry in Bicol Region.

“We are currently implementing the construction and improvement of newly converted national road, the President Cory Aquino Boulevard, which will serve as an access road to various tourism destinations in the province of Camarines Norte,” said DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.

According to the Official Gazette, Five contracts are being undertaken by DPWH Region 5 along the road said to be the ongest boulevard in the country when completed. It runs 8.7 kilometers, stretching the towns of Daet, Mercedes to Talisay in Camarines Norte.

The projects include the rehabilitation, improvement and construction of San Jose Section in the municipality of Talisay, the Bagasbas Section in Daet, the Mercedes-Bagasbas Road, and the construction of two (2) other bridges.

At the moment, 58% of the road has been completed. 5.017 kilometers out of the 8.657 kilometers have been finished with the remaining sections needing two bridges. Proposals for future funding is currently at P265 million.

The boulevard covers the area declared as a tourism destination by the Department of Tourism (DOT), which is along Bagasbas Beach and has a wide boardwalk cast from red semi adobe bricks intended for tourists view deck.

When completed, the access road will bring locals and tourists to Calaguas Island in the town of Vinzons, Bagasbas Beach in Daet and to the town of Mercedes, dubbed as the “Fish Bowl Capital” of Bicol.