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SAGADA, Mountain Province — The Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Local Government Unit of Sagada is eyeing for the expansion and improvement of Tangeb grounds for significant increase in tourist arrivals in one of the prime tourist destinations in the Cordillera over the past several years.

“Sagada continues to get a share of the foreign and domestic tourists wanting to tour the beautiful tourist destinations around the country that is why the local tourism industry remains vibrant to date. We have experienced huge influx of visitors so we need to improve it so we can utilize this as well as parking spaces, demonstration ground, and camping site,” Mayor James Pooten said in an interview.

He said with the timely downloading of funds from DILG, way back in 2018, the dreams of the residents of having easier access to the Tangeb grounds came into reality. Under the Local Government Support Fund– assistance to Municipalities (LGSF-AM) 2018 of DILG, the Upgrading of the Tangeb Ground Project was realized.        

The DILG LGSF-AM Fund provided Php 1,255,758 of the whole cost. Started on September 28, 2018, it was completed a month later with the LGU accepting the projects after the repairs on December 10 of the same year. 

Tangeb to directly benefit 1,300 residents and visitors, aside from decreasing the travel time, it can now accommodate larger vehicles and ensure the safety of the travelers. Overall, the local access road project includes the concreting of 137.3 linear meters of road, with a width of 3.5 meters and a thickness of 0.2 meters.

The success for the completion of the Project is rooted in the clamor of the people to better access to their favorite demonstration ground. It’s easier access likewise eases the LGU of the burden where to accommodate the parking needs of tourists and visitors, especially during the peak seasons.

The Local Access Road– Upgrading of Tangeb Road is a concrete example of people’s resilience for meaningful development and progress. It is a people initiated project that was conceptualized to improve what was once a dreaded and deadly place, into a site of leisure, recreation as well as a parking space.