The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finished building new eco-tourism infrastructures at Katunggan Boardwalk and Mangrove Sanctuary in Barangay Caranoche, Sta. Catalina, a move it made to make the Negros Oriental-located tourist attractions more accessible to visitors. 

The DPWH created a 6-story high viewing deck tower, boardwalk, hanging bridge, and receiving platform (including electrical facilities) for the mangrove sanctuary.

According to DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado, the enhancements will attract more tourists to the area, which will boost employment. 

“With more tourists visiting the mangrove sanctuary, it will create more job opportunities for locals in the area,” added Secretary Mercado.

Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, who’s overall in charge of DPWH Regional Operations, said the P29.55-million project is part of the DPWH convergence program with the Department of Tourism (DOT). 

“We were able to make this mangrove sanctuary a perfect place for tourists to enjoy the beauty of nature, and at the same time recognize its importance in safeguarding people, in this case, the coastal communities”, Yabut shared.

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DPWH BUILDS ECO-TOURISM FACILITIES IN STA. CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL Two (2) eco-tourism projects were recently...

Posted by Department of Public Works and Highways on Friday, February 4, 2022

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