Bacolod City Benefits from TIEZA Aid

Bacolod City Benefits from TIEZA Aid

Bacolod City is set to get a major upgrade for its public plaza, thanks to a grant from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). The project, which is expected to cost around P12 million, will see improvements to the plaza’s fountains, lighting, and landscaping.

The mayor, Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, met with Bishop Patricio Buzon to discuss the plans and ensure the Catholic Church’s approval. The plaza is located across from the San Sebastian Cathedral, and the church has a stake in its appearance.

Other Bacolod City Funding

This is not the only financial aid that the city government of Bacolod has received recently. The city has also been approved for funding from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the construction of a new drainage system. The project is expected to cost around P50 million and will help to alleviate flooding in the city.

In addition, the city has also received a grant from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the construction of a new evacuation center. The project is expected to cost around P10 million and will provide a safe place for residents to go in case of a disaster.

Other TIEZA Projects outside Bacolod City

However, Bacolod isn’t alone in receiving support from TIEZA. This grant reflects a larger trend of the agency’s active role in developing tourism infrastructure across the Western Visayas region. Several other cities are benefitting from similar initiatives:

  • Iloilo City: TIEZA recently collaborated with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and other stakeholders to launch the “Iloilo: More Than Meets the Eye” campaign. This initiative aims to position Iloilo as a multifaceted tourism destination beyond Boracay, and TIEZA is contributing by supporting infrastructure projects within the city.
  • Guimaras: The island province of Guimaras is poised for a tourism boost with the development of a new eco-tourism zone in Barangay Lawaan. TIEZA has played a crucial role in securing funding and facilitating the project, which will showcase the island’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.
  • Siquijor: In line with promoting sustainable tourism, TIEZA has partnered with the local government of Siquijor to improve tourist facilities and infrastructure while upholding the island’s ecological integrity. This includes projects like upgrading coastal access and developing responsible waste management systems.

These are just a few examples of how TIEZA’s aid is shaping the tourism landscape in Western Visayas. Their efforts go beyond individual projects, contributing to a region-wide strategy that seeks to diversify tourism offerings, promote responsible development, and create sustainable economic opportunities for local communities.



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