SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Members of the House of Representatives this week unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8143, which mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to prioritize the construction of necessary infrastructure that will ensure accessibility of all tourism sites in the country.
The proposed “Tourism Sites Accessibility Act,” principally authored by Rep. Salvador Belaro, Jr. (Party-list, 1-Ang Edukasyon), garnered the support of all 205 House members present during the plenary voting.
Belaro said tourism is a proven income generator in the country. However, he said promoting tourism in our country is plagued with problems due to the lack of infrastructure such as good roads and bridges leading to many of the wonderful tourist destinations.
“As tourism is a sunshine industry in our country, it needs all the support the government can give for it to continue generating income for our country,” said Belaro.
House Bill 8143 seeks to give road access to all tourism sites in the country, at the very least by an accessible road or bridge.
The bill mandates the DPWH to ensure construction of roads and bridges leading to all tourism sites in the country.
The DPWH, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT), shall prioritize the implementation of the Convergence Program for Enhancing Tourism Access.
The DPWH and DOT Secretaries shall include in their departments’ programs the implementation of the Act, the funding of which shall be included in the General Appropriations Act and from internally generated funds of the DOT.
Moreover, the DPWH and the DOT shall issue the necessary rules and regulations for the implementation of the Act. | Novel Paller/Rowena B. Bundang