Siquijor’s new road gives motorists access to Butterfly Sanctuary, Mountain View Park

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Siquijor's new road
Siquijor’s Butterfly Sanctuary will be more accessible when the road is completed. Mountain view photo by Florian J from Trip Advisor.

Siquijor Island is getting a new road that gives motorists access to its remote tourists sites, the Butterfly Sanctuary and Bandilaan Mountain View Park.

The upcoming completion of the construction of the access road to Siquijor’s tourism offerings was announced by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on February 5, 2020.

Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary, built in 2008 by Dante Jumapit, has attracted tourists to the mystical island of the Philippines. It is also known for its legends of mythical creatures as well as natural, unfiltered destinations.

Bandilaan Mountain View Park, declared in 2000 as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Areas System and the Committee on Natural Resources, is known for its mountain climbing and scenic adventures where tourists or locals can appreciate the different sights from the mountain top.

Siquijor District Engineer Elvis G. Calunod said that they will “continue to construct and improve roads and bridges in Siquijor to ensure local and international tourists experience this island province in Central Visayas that offers a handful of world-class destinations”.

According to a report to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, Engineer Calunod said that a total of Php 13.48 million funded under the endowment of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) was distributed to improve about 580-meter portion of the road in Barangay Calunasan in Maria town.

“Locals and tourists will be able to utilize a new 2-lane paved road going to secluded tourist destinations in the province,” said Calunod.

The Maria town access road is built with drainage and slope protection features for flood control and safety measures.

The Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary and Bandilaan Mountain View Park access road construction is expected to be finished by the end of March 2020 after it began in July 2019.

Other road projects aimed for better access and tourism opportunities that are either done or being completed by the DPWH include the newly completed Samar Bypass Road which gives access to Sohoton Cave and Balantak Falls, the Sorsogon scenic view road dike which leads to beaches, and the on-going Mindoro Island Circumferential mountain road which is expected to extend the Oriental Mindoro tourism activity to the Occidental side.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people of Siquijor for this new access road that is expected to spur more economic activity and tourism!

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