DAGUPAN CITY — Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia is continuously helping boost the capacity of the Local Government of Dagupan to attract more tourists.
He did this when he proposed two vital tourism projects for the city for funding under the 2018 national budget, whose preparation is now ongoing in the House of Representatives.
De Venecia identified these as a board walk along the Tondaligan Beach in Bonuan and a promenade along the Pantal River in Barangay Pantal, Dagupan City, similar to Esplanade in Iloilo.
Both of these will cost hundreds of millions of pesos and will soon be considered as among the biggest investments to come to the city.
The board walk is where beach lovers can have a leisurely stroll during early morning and late afternoon while enjoying the cold breeze from the Lingayen Gulf.
It will be the first of such infrastructures to be built in the city and are expected to happen under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The promenade is also like a board walk but is set along the Pantal River where folks can walk and relax after a day-long grind and enjoy seeing the beauty of the river and the aquatic life that are still teeming in it.
De Venecia said Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar who he said visited three times, already endorsed these projects.
“While we are coming in to the next budget season, we are already taking the necessary steps for these projects to be considered,” Rep. De Venecia said.
For these two tourism projects, feasibility studies were already conducted at the instance of the congressman with the help of LGU Dagupan and Mayor Belen Fernandez, aside from the geo-tag already conducted by the DPWH.
The two projects, he said, “will be the first convergence projects of the DOT, DPWH and LGU Dagupan,” he added.
” We already did all the steps that need to be done so that these projects will be realized and boost the capacity of Dagupan to attract more tourists,” De Venecia explained.
But while awaiting for funding from the national government for the board walk, LGU Dagupan is set to start the project shortly using its own fund as its counterpart.
De Venecia envisions Dagupan as a tourism hub in the fourth district of Pangasinan in view of the presence of many historical sites and tourism infrastructures.
These include the Mac Arthur monument at Tondaligan Park, the Home Economics building where General Mac Arthur made his first command post on Luzon soil during the liberation period, the remnants of the old Franklin Bridge washed out by a big flood in 1937, the Dagupan City Museum and many others.
Dagupan is home to three universities and several other schools of higher learning and is where the National Integrated Fishery Technology Development Center is located. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com