NAVAL. Biliran (BDEO) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) recently completed the tourism road project leading to Anislagan Hotspring in the town of Naval, in convergence with the Department of Tourism (DOT) with close coordination of Representative Gerardo J. Espina Jr. of the Lone District of Biliran.

The completed road project is seen to promote the Anislagan Hotspring, boosts tourism in the town of Naval and soon create a livelihood generating-income to the said barangay.

The said project amounting to P19-M involves the widening of 400-meter existing concrete road and additional road concreting of 20-meter road with a width of 6-meters. It also involves the construction of 370-meter slope protection and 352-meter road slope protection with concrete barrier, construction of drainage, installation of reflectorized traffic pavement and installation of solar lighting posts to illumine the road at night. It was completed on January 10, 2023 under FY 2022 funding.

Ms. Lucy Magpusao, 63, resident and caretaker of Brgy. Anislagan Hotspring narrated that before the project implementation, tourists barely visit the place due to the inaccessibility to the tourism site.

“Naa may muari pero dyutay ra kay lisud. Lisud kay bakilid unya ang dalan ra nga amo agi-an, agi-an pa jud ug kabaw, syempre mulawom ilabi na kung mag-uwan,” said Ms. Magpusao.

(Only few people have the courage to come here, because of steep and muddy trail during rainy days that got worse because it’s the same path where the carabao’s tread).

“Mas maayo karon nga naa nay kalsada, nindot kaayu! Karon layo na ug kalahian kay lapad na ang kalsada, naa napu’y street light, nindot na gyud kaayu!,” she added.

(It is now different compared before, because of the wide road, it is now accessible and convenient. It got even better with the bright solar street lights during the night!).

Ms. Mapusao also expressed her gratitude to Congressman Gerardo J. Espina Jr. and to the DPWH for implementing the project.

“Salamat kay Cong. Espina ug sa DPWH nga gitabangan mi ngari nga himuan ug kalsada, iyang gipakaayo, kami wala me mag-dahum. Huna-huna namo kalsada ra nga gamay, karon pirti na gyud kanindot,” she said.

(Many thanks to Cong. Espina and to the DPWH who exceeded our expectations. All this time we thought they’d only build a concrete pathway, but it turns out to be a two-lane road!)

In 2018, DPWH-Biliran DEO completed the 400-meter road concreting leading to Anislagan Hotspring with a width of 4 meters, in convergence with the Department of Agriculture (DA).


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