The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has included the Pangasinan-Zambales road as among the priority projects to be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) from 2017 to 2022.
Pangasinan Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil lauded the move to include his pet project when he attended the Economic Zone Summit for Pangasinan and La Union sponsored by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) on Wednesday at CSI Stadia in Dagupan City.
In the summit initiated by PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, the NEDA regional office listed the projects lined up for Pangasinan and La Union including the Pangasinan-Zambales road which would cut across vast tracts of idle lands between the two provinces.
Bataoil dubbed the 54-kilometer Pangasinan-Zambales highway as “Kalikasan Road” because it would open up areas for eco-tourism development and could be the location of another economic zone in Pangasinan.
The P1.2 billion Kalikasan Road was a former logging area could serve as a tourist gateway to southwestern Pangasinan, starting from Mangatarem.
The Pangasinan-Zambales road would cut travel time between the two provinces to just one-and-a-half hours.
Bataoil hopes the project could start before ending his third and final term in 2019 as congressman of the second district of Pangasinan. (PNA)