The Bird Watching Area, resting in the coastal wetlands of Brgy. Daan Banwa in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental is one of the Ramsar sites in the province, which is known to be a flyway site of migratory birds, hence the improvement of the road leading to this spot provides both foreign and local tourists a better and more convenient transportation access.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineering Office, in convergence with the Department of Tourism (DOT), completed the construction/improvement of access road leading to declared tourism destination along Jct. Bacolod South Road, leading to Bird Watching Area in Daan Banwa, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, with the total length of 750 lineal meters.
According to District Engineer Haydee S. Alunan, the project, in the amount of P18.616 million, involves construction of 750-lineal meter, 6.10-meter wide Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) including concreting of shoulders, excavation and embankment.
The project also includes provision of headwall, pipe culverts grouted riprap and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings.
“The improvement of the road from gravel to concrete will lead towards the upward growth of the city’s tourism by levelling its socio-economic status,” Alunan said.
“Likewise, the land transportation leading to Bird Watching Area will be improved, thereby increasing the tourist visits that will eventually open vast opportunities to the local people,” he added.
Meantime, the District is also improving two more access roads leading to tourism destinations in the province – one in Sipalay City leading to Mariculum Port and Campomanes Bay and the other in Kabankalan City, leading to Mag-aso Falls.
These tourism infrastructures are few of the projects undertaken by DPWH, in support to the programs of the Department of Tourism.