By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House Committee on Tourism, chaired by Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez has passed a bill seeking to give road access to all tourism sites in the country.
House Bill 4253, filed by 1-Ang Edukasyon party list Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to ensure the construction of roads and bridges leading to tourism sites in the country.
Belaro said tourism as a sunshine industry needs all-out government support for it to continuously generate income for the economy.
“One of the drawbacks of promoting tourism in our country is the lack of appropriate infrastructure, specifically good roads and bridges leading to many tourist destination in the country,” he said.
“The bill seeks to make our tourist spots accessible to everybody by ensuring that all tourist sites are connected, at the very least by an accessible road or bridge,” he said.
HB 4253, the proposed Tourism Sites Accessibility Act tasks the Department of Tourism (DOT), in collaboration with the DPWH to formulate the rules and regulations of the proposed law.
The bill provides that the funds necessary to carry out the provision of the proposed Act shall be included in the General Appropriations Act of the year following its enactment into law and thereafter.