Manila, Jan. 9 -- The national government has approved a PHP1.03-billion fund to finance the construction of roads leading to tourist destinations in Eastern Visayas in 2020, more than double than last year's allocation.

The Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP) will provide funding to 29 new and ongoing road projects in the bid to improve access to identified tourism sites, said Department of Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes on Wednesday.

This year's funding is higher than the PHP499 million spent for TRIP in 2019 with 17 listed projects.

"The impact was not just about improved accessibility of tourist to the destination, but making the lives of locals better. It generates more income to people in the communities," Tiop...