The government has set aside P154 million for concreting roads leading to the largest coffee plantation in Ilocos Norte province.
Once completed, the project will facilitate travel to the coffee plantation in Sitio Lammin at the boundary of Piddig and Carasi towns.
Piddig town consultant Eduardo Guillen thanked the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Tourism for approving the budget.
For their part, local government officials in Piddig have started development of about 1,200 hectares of upland and lowland coffee plantations.
These plantations will have high-grade Arabica, Excelsa, and Liberica coffee varieties.
On the other hand, the Lammin ecotourism project got a boost from the DOT and DPWH via the construction of a road leading to the site.
Other road projects in Piddig include:
– a road leading to the World War II airship in Barangays Boyboy and Santa Maria
– road concreting in Maruaya-Dupitac-Calambeg-Estancia villages
– road concreting of the Tonoton-Mangitayag-Bimmanga-Loing road leading to the house and practice area of the first Filipino Olympic medalist, Teofilo Ildefonso
The construction of access roads leading to the province’s tourism destinations has contributed to the influx of local and foreign tourists into the province.
For 2018, the government allocated more than P3.1 billion for Ilocos Norte, including the DOT-DPWH road convergence program in the next five years.
This covers 29 road construction projects leading to potential tourist spots in the different parts of the province, such as in Piddig, Burgos, Dumalneg, Nueva Era, Carasi, Pagudpud, Sarrat, Bangui, Dingras, Paoay, Currimao, and Batac.