FOURTH District Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia seeks to help boost Dagupan City government’s tourism plan when he proposed two vital projects in the city for funding under the 2018 national budget, whose preparation is now ongoing in the House of Representatives.
De Venecia proposed the construction of a boardwalk along the Tondaligan Beach in Bonuan and a promenade along the Pantal River in Barangay Pantal similar to Esplanade in Iloilo.
Both are considered as huge investments in infrastructure in the city.
The boardwalk will be where beach lovers can have leisurely strolls during early morning and late afternoons while enjoying the cold breeze from the Lingayen Gulf.
The promenade will also be like a boardwalk but is set by the bank of Pantal River River where folks can walk, relax and enjoy seeing the serenity of the river and the aquatic life teeming in the river.
De Venecia said Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar already endorsed the two projects.
“While we are preparing for the next budget season, we are already taking the necessary steps for these projects to be considered,” said De Venecia,
Feasibility studies were already conducted with the help of LGU Dagupan and Mayor Belen Fernandez, aside from the geo-tag conducted by the DPWH, he said,
The two projects, he said, will be the first convergence projects of the DOT, DPWH and the LGU Dagupan, he added.
But while awaiting 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 for the project, De Venecia pointed out.
He envisions Dagupan as a tourism hub of the Fourth District in view of the presence of many historical sites and tourism infrastructures.
These include the Mac Arthur monument at Tondaligan Park, the Home Economic building where General Mac Arthur made his first command post on Luzon soil during the liberation period, the remnants of the Franklin Bridge washed out by a big flood in 1937, the Dagupan City Museum and many others.
Dagupan already hosts three universities and several other schools of higher learning.