The city government of Dagupan has set up plans to develop the island barangay of Pugaro as a tourist destination.
This was disclosed by Mayor Belen Fernandez during the community consultation held in the barangay last March 19.
Fernandez said that Pugaro, known for its unspoiled beaches that will also afford anyone a chance to see the panoramic view of the Lingayen Gulf, has a great potential in attracting tourists, as well as investors.
The barangay is also one of the stopover points of the city's Island Tours.
And as part of its program to develop the site as a local destination, the LGU will coordinate with Fourth District Representative Gina de Venecia on projects that will be implemented to improve Pugaro's local infrastructures.
These include the cementing and elevation of roads and pathways in the barangay, clean up and rehabilitation of the coastline, and construction of a boardwalk along the beachfront.
Fernandez said this development thrust for Pugaro includes livelihood component that will benefit barangay residents.
“Once the tourists come to Pugaro, it will have a positive impact on the community because it will boost small businesses, especially the fishing sector,” said Fernandez.