DPWH Biliran

NAVAL, Biliran (BDEO) – The Nasunogan Watchtower, a historical tourist attraction in the town of Biliran is now safeguarded from erosion with the completion of the P30-million slope protection project by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO).

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The Nasunogan Watchtower is situated at the hilltop of the said town and is prone to erosion and landslide, thus a slope protection project is necessary to further preserve the historical structure.

The said project, located along Nasunogan access road in Brgy. San Roque has a total length of 501-linear meter slope protection structure including drainage and road shoulder.

“This project will not only safeguard the Nasunogan watchtower against erosion and landslide damage, but it will also protect the existing access road leading to the said tourist attraction, providing convenience and security to the visiting tourists,” said OIC-DE Irwin L. Antonio.

In 2018, DPWH-Biliran DEO completed the said access road project in convergence with the Department of Tourism (DOT) with a length of 500 meters.

“With the accessibility to the tourist site, plus the added road safety features such as solar street lights and the newly completed slope protection structure, more tourists are expected to visit the Nasunogan watchtower. This project is expected to boost tourism activities of the town,” OIC-DE Antonio said.

The Nasunogan Watchtower (burned ruins) is a reconstruction of an old structure used by early settlers in Biliran Island as a watchtower against Moro raids between 1765 – 1774. It is believed to be the site where Fr. Gaspar Ignacio de Guevarra built a fort as sanctuary of the early Biliranons.

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