In a simple ceremony last July 25, President Rodrigo Duterte formally opened the Candon bypass road that could benefit about 13,000 motorists in Ilocos Sur daily. This new road could also boost eco-tourism in the region. The project started on April 15, 2015 and was finished 4 years later.

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This new 7.3-kilometer road will bypass Candon City's busy town proper and could cut travel time to just 7 minutes from the usual half an hour or more. The City of Candon Mayor, Ericson Singson, said the construction of the “Heroes bypass road” under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte is a dream come true for Candonians.

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“We are grateful for this project, which serves as a gateway to the proposed ecotourism zone in Candon. It’s a game-changer in the city’s economic growth and the spread of development in Ilocos Sur and its neighboring provinces,” Singson said in his welcome remarks. President Duterte led the ceremonial drive-through and unveiling of the marker of the newly-constructed road on Thursday afternoon. 

The mayor also added that the newly-built road also inspired the city government to build a 5,000-seater sports coliseum that could be the future host of PBA out-of-town games and many more. 

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar also said that there will be more high-impact infrastructure projects in Ilocos Sur as part of the Duterte Administration's Build, Build, Build project. Projects on the way, according to Sec. Villar, are the Bantay-San Ildefonso bypass road, the Cabugao-Nueva Era-Danglas road, and diversion roads in Bantay and Vigan City, as well as the improvement of public buildings and evacuation centers in Barangay Bucao, Tagudin and Barangay Ayusan, Vigan City.