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P17.7 billion has been given to support the development of the PH tourism infrastructure, according to DBM

The Tourist Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP) will be funded with a total of PHP17.7 billion from this year’s national budget, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) stated on Thursday.

The DBM stated in a news statement that this sum is PHP602 million more than the PHP17.087 billion from the previous year’s budget.

Amenah Pangandaman, the secretary of the DBM, underlined the significance of supporting infrastructure projects with finance because they are the foundation of the economy.

“Infrastructure development has been emphasized as a priority by this administration, according to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. Thus, we at DBM will make every effort to help the achievement of this goal. Hence, we made sure that the money was given to the right infrastructure projects around the country in order to promote the Build, Better, More program, she said.

Pangandaman emphasized that “mobility and connection” are essential elements in the development of the tourism industry.

“There are so many beautiful spots in the Philippines. But how can we expect to draw tourists if there is no easy way for them to travel to these locations?” Added she.

TRIP is a joint venture between the Department of Tourism and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) (DOT).

The budgetary allocation is also consistent with the National Tourism Development Plan of the Department of Transportation (DOT), which aims to create an internationally competitive, environmentally sound, and socially responsible tourism industry that supports inclusive growth by creating jobs and distributing income fairly.

The money will be utilized to build, rebuild, upgrade, and improve the roads and bridges that connect the designated tourist areas.

The PHP17.689 billion allocated for tourism infrastructure projects under the 2023 national budget will be split among the following regions: Ilocos, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western, Central, and Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and Caraga Region.

To draw more tourists and hasten the recovery of the tourism industry, Marcos stated in his first State of the Nation Address that the Philippines needed more international airports and better roads.

“In order to strengthen our tourism sector, we will first implement fundamental changes like repaving roads to make tourist destinations easier to reach. To help relieve the backlog at the Manila International Airport, we will also renovate existing airports and build new international airports “added he.

He also emphasised the significance of tourism as a vehicle for economic growth and a sector that creates jobs for the general populace.

5.7 million people were employed in the tourist sector in 2019, which was 13.6 percent of all employment in the nation.

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