November 19, 2016 /

Two hours of bumpy ride in the middle of a long and winding road from Bangued towards the Municipality of Boliney in Abra lay an expected hidden beauty of what nature could bring. Located along the road in Poblacion, Boliney Abra, the Bani Hotspring exemplifies its natural innate ability to entice tired by-passers to take some soothing relaxation while feeding one’s eyes with the lush greens of the mountain and the cool fresh mist of the flowing river below.

The potential of the area for tourism is probable. A site validation from the Department of Tourism-CAR (DOT-CAR) was conducted in October 2014. The DOT-CAR through DILG-CAR requested representative from the Provincial DILG to assist and join the inspection team. Provincial Director Cresencio Calina provides assurance that the DOT-CAR team will be accompanied by one of their officers during the inspection. The site inspection was in preparation to the implementation by the agency of the proposed 2014 BUB project. Public bidding was conducted and by January 2015, the project was awarded to the winning contractor, Remnant Construction. The project started in February and completed in June 28, 2015. The initial inspection from the DOT-CAR was conducted in July 2015 for the completed project.

The improvements in the Bani hot spring include the concreting of footpath from the road down to the hot spring and towards the picnic table and cottage overlooking the river. A separate comfort room for male and female was also constructed near the area. These minimal constructions of facilities will encourage more domestic visitation. These add comfort and a more enjoyable experience for locals and visitors planning to have some escape during stressful and busy days. The project will soon be turn over to the MLGU Boliney and maintenance will rest to the municipality.