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Pangasinan Solon wants to build a convention center to increase tourism.

Rep. Arthur Celeste of the First District wants to build a top-notch convention center in this area to help the local tourism industry grow.

“We’ll turn it into a top-notch convention facility. It would cost about PHP150 million, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) estimate. In an interview on Monday, Celeste stated that Governor Ramon Guico III has already agreed to provide initial cash worth PHP20 million.

He stated that the ABONO Partylist would receive PHP20 million, and his office would receive PHP50 million.

According to Celeste, the center will be constructed next to the Saint James the Great Parish Church, which is one of the nation’s oldest churches and is thought to be the site of the nation’s first mass, at the current site of the Bolinao Civic Center in Poblacion.

The family of Dr. Miguel De Perio will contribute a one-hectare land on which the public market that is currently located behind the church and municipal center will be relocated.

Since Saint James the Great Parish Church may have hosted the first mass, he suggested that a park be constructed so locals and visitors might enjoy it.

The Patar white sand beach and nearby Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, two waterfalls, caves, dining at Sungayan Grill while on a river cruise, and the Bolinao Marine Laboratory (research station of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute or UPMSI), which is in charge of the giant clams at Silaki Island, are among the main tourist attractions in Bolinao.

With the convention center, more visitors would come to the area, bringing in money for the town and the province as well as providing jobs for the locals, according to Celeste.

The 10-hectare Silaki Islet, a sitio of Barangay Binabalian, is being investigated by the local administration and the congressman as a potential new tourist attraction.

The UPMSI looks after the enormous clams that live on Silaki Island.

East-West Expressway in Pangasinan

The plans of the solon in Bolinao town to boost tourism have the approval of Governor Ramon Guico III.

“Bolinao is a stunning location well-known across practically the entire nation. But even if you are from Pangasinan, say from my birthplace of Binalonan, it is not so accessible. According to the traffic condition and how much longer it would take for individuals traveling from outside the province, he predicted it would take hours.

According to Guico, a project to build an east-west expressway road network has been suggested to improve accessibility to tourism attractions across the province.

He continued, “We’ve already met with representatives from the DPWH and local government units, and I requested them to coordinate the building of bypass roads with the projected east-west highway.

The highway will reduce the amount of time it takes to get from Pangasinan’s first district to the fifth and sixth districts of the province.

In the meantime, Guico claimed that his family-owned WCC Aviation Company intended to build an airport in Bolinao.

“At least there is an airstrip if we install something in Bolinao, even though it is a privately run airstrip for the time being. We can encourage visitors to come from Manila. It only needs a one-kilometer runway. First, he said.

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