Funded by DOT: Access roads to leading medical wellness resort in Lipa City

LIPA CITY—The Department of Tourism’s new master plan has funded four infrastructure projects in Batangas that are all aimed at improving access roads towards tourist destinations.

Among the four access road projects is the completion of a three kilometer-long access roads from Lipa City proper to The Farm at San Benito, a 119-acre resort owned by Ms. Naresh Khattar that’s renowned as a medical tourism site.

The Farm is one of the world’s recognized medical and wellness resorts, with services such as a spa (what it calls a “healing sanctuary”), integrated health consultations for various diseases, and even a golf course. Found in Brgy. Tipakan, tourists go to The Farm by passing by Bonifacio St., which is an eight-km. stretch that ends with a zig-zag road leading to the place.

The Farm at San Benito, the Philippines' leading medical wellness resort found in Lipa City

The other access roads projects include the completion of a circumferential road in the diving municipality of Mabini; the completion of a national road that connects San Juan and Lobo municipalities; and the construction of a circumferential road along the shoreline of Taal Lake within the municipality of San Nicolas.

All four infrastructure projects span three-kilometers long,  will be implemented by 2014, and each project costs P64 million.

These access roads projects in identified places nationwide are worth P9.612 billion, says a document culled from the Philippine National Tourism Development Plan 2011-2016.

The plan is also funding some P14.082 billion worth of major road construction projects; P775 million worth of expansion efforts at major domestic airports; P537 million worth of improvements in identified seaports; and P3.864 million worth of improvements in the country’s international airports.

Batangas doesn’t have funded projects for the major construction projects and for seaport projects.

The National Tourism Plan has also identified tourism clusters, including two tourism development areas (TDAs) that will affect Batangas: the “Metro Manila and the Environs” TDA and the “Nasugbu-Looc-Ternate, Cavite Coast TDA”.

In these TDAs, the priority municipalities will be Taal and Balayan (as heritage towns), San Nicolas (for its sunken ruins), Cuenca (for the development of Mt. Makulot), and Nasugbu (for its first-class resorts, including Hamilo Coast owned by tycoon Henry Sy).

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