By Restituto Cayubit
CARIGARA Leyte – The Department of Public Works and Highways’ Leyte Second Engineering District (LSDEO) has completed the major access road leading to a tourism farm school in Jaro town.
Gerald Pacanan, LSDEO district engineer, told Manila Bulletin the concreting of the 3,5-kilometer road from Jaro to the Villaconzoilo Agri and Eco Tourism Farm is an P85-million project.
Pacanan said the completion of the project will boost tourism in the area and provide more opportunities to the community.
Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla said his office assisted in developing the Villaconzoilo Agri and Eco Tourism Farm.
Villaconzoilo is the first tourism farm in Leyte accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT). It grows high-value farm products including broccoli, grapes, rambutan, radish, strawberries, watermelons, lettuce, carrots, cauliflowers and asparagus.
Petilla said the farm is not just known as a teeming agricultural plantation, but also as a learning center for practical agriculture accredited by the Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Agricultural Training Institute.
Because Villaconzoilo lies 600 meters above sea level, it has a cool atmosphere that is also one of its attractions.
The farm is seven kilometers from the town proper.