Unfinished Daang Kalikasan road attracts tourists

THE Daang Kalikasan national road, the 54-kilometer road in Barangay Muelang in the town of Mangatarem, is fast becoming the province’s new tourist destination.

While the road is still not officially open, increasing number of motorists arriving in the area already prompted the Mangatarem Police to deploy a detail to set up a police assistance desk and checkpoint to safeguard the peace and order in the area.

P/Captain Rea Tacderan, Pangasinan PNP Information Officer, said the DPWH and local government have been asked to install more road signage to warn motorists of sharp curves along the way.

The four-lane road provides motorists and visitors a magnificent view of the mountains of Western Pangasinan and the plains of the province and the sea.

The construction of the national road was the initiative of then former congressman and now Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil to cut down on travel time to and from Zambales and to promote economic activities, particularly ecotourism in Western Pangasinan.

P/Major Aurellio Manantan, Mangatarem Police chief, warned motorists and riders to be cautious after five consecutive accidents involving motorcycles already occurred on sharp curves.

He also appealed to visitors in the area to keep the road clean as bottles and food wastes are beginning to litter the road. (Nora Dominguez)

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