MANILA - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced the near-completion of a boulevard, dubbed to become Philippines’ longest, along a developing tourist destination in Bicol region.
The boulevard, when completed, will be about 8.7 kilometers long and will pass through the towns of Daet, Mercedes, and Talisay in Camarines Norte. It will be named Cory Aquino Boulevard, a recent DPWH statement said.
Camarines Norte is home to emerging tourist favorites such as the pristine Calaguas Island and surfing haven Bagasbas beach. From Manila, land travel time to these spots usually take 8-10 hours.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the project includes road improvements in Talisay, Bagasbas Beach road, and the construction of two more bridges. Completion of the project needs at least P265 million.
DPWH did not offer a specific timeline on the boulevard’s completion but noted that it has accomplished around 5 kilometers out of the 8-kilometer target.
Bayawan City in Negros Oriental currently holds the record for PH’s longest boulevard.