Tourists and locals that frequently go to Santol, La Union can now go to scenic destinations quicker thanks to a new road.

Recently, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) finished work on a new access road in the municipality of Santol in La Union. Built with a total budget of Php 93 million, the new access road was funded under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) implemented by the La Union First District Engineering Office.

According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the new 3-kilometer roadway offers smoother and safer travel to and from the town of Santol. Not only that, the municipality will also benefit from this as it will improve the delivery and trade of goods and services. To ensure the safety of motorists and locals, the DPWH also built slope protection on either side.

“The town thrives in the industry of agriculture. More than the boost in tourism, we also want to assist the public in economic opportunities while guaranteeing their safety,” added Villar.

Known for its scenic spots, Santol is famous for the Municipal Tree Park, Sasaba Rice Terraces, Bimmulalakaw and Pimmalangka Waterfalls, Native Tomb, and the Amburayan River.

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Apart from the newly-opened access road in Santol, La Union, the DPWH also announced the construction of a new bypass road that will connect Barangay Magallanes with Barangay Guirang in Basey, Samar. Home to the popular Sohotan National Park and Balantak Falls, the soon-to-be-completed bypass road will span 5.15-kilometers and is expected to increase tourism in the town of Basey.

The new road will be built with a total budget of Php 80 million, and will be funded under the 2019 GAA. When completed, the new bypass road will cut travel time from almost three and a half hours, to just one and a half hour.

“We expect to complete the 5.15-kilometer bypass road, including the construction of a 564-lineal meter wharf by 2020 to open Basey to more tourists and business opportunities,” said Villar.