INFRASTRUCTURE projects worth more than P70 million have recently been completed in Daanbantayan, a beach and diving destination in northern Cebu, the provincial government said.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia inaugurated on Monday the expanded causeway in Tapilon, which is used by boats that ferry passengers and dry and fresh goods from Daanbantayan to nearby islands and islets.

With the P7.6-million pier expansion project, motorized boat operators no longer have to transfer people and products to smaller flat-bottom vessels to reach the shore during low tide, said resident and boat crew member Alex Baslan in a press release from the provincial government.

Also completed is a P54.8-million upgraded road section from the town center to the Tominjao and Maya localities.

In Tominjao, a reinforced concrete box culvert for a bridge was also reconstructed at a cost of P8.6 million.

Daanbantayan is classified as a first class municipality with a population of about 93,502 as of 2020. Its white sand beaches and dive sites, particularly in the islands of Malapascua and Carnaza, are popular tourist destinations.

Cebu was recently cited as one of the best island destinations in the Philippines, along with Palawan and Boracay, by the the New York-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure. — MSJ