NSSDEO, Brgy. Burabud, Laoang, N. Samar-The coastal town of Mapanas now has an added protection against storm surges for the reason that Department of Public Works and Highways – Northern Samar Second District Engineering Office (DPWH-NSSDEO) completed the improvement of Mapanas Boulevard with Seawall in Mapanas, Northern Samar.

The improvement of this project includes the constructed 217 meters Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) with a 0.434-km lane roadway. Alongside with this is a 217-meter seawall structure. The installation of 16 sets of solar street lights is also a component of the development which gave adequate lighting and improves visibility and safety to the roadway. This scope of work was completed on February 13, 2023.

The shore protection project became visible through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) funds of 2022. Furthermore, JD PARTUZA CONSTRUCTION & SUPPLY manages the construction work with a Contract ID No. 22II0050 and contract amount of P19,207,047.88.

To ensure that the construction of the project is in adherence with the DPWH quality standard, NSSDEO OIC-District Engineer Charlito S. Carlobos tasked Project Engineer Arturo C. Corocoto, Jr. with Resident Engineer/Project Inspector Geric C. Yu to supervise and monitor the said project.

The DPWH-NSSDEO optimisms that this improvement project will benefit the community through both protection and promote tourism in the area. The impact of seawall protection is to reduce coastal hazards such as storm surge during the occurrence of natural disasters while the roadway is for easy access to tourists so they can enjoy the pristine beauty of Mapanas coastal area.