Funds for P150 million flood control program sought

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  • Raffy C. V.
  • 8 years ago

DINALUPIHAN, Bataan –  Mayor Maria Angela S. Garcia is negotiating  for a P150 million funding for the declogging of heavily–silted waterways  and rehabilitation of  dikes  to solve the perennial flooding that cause  the destruction of hundred millions of  pesos worth of agricultural crops, as well as private and public infrastructures for the past decades in this northern Bataan town.

Provincial Engineer Enrico Yuzon revealed the other day that Mayor Garcia is readying pertinent documents for a soft loan package from the Bureau of Local Government Finance focusing on the infrastructure strategic plan which is at the forefront of the town’s transformation toward the desired economic outcome.

Yuzon said the provincial government had allocated P33 million to Dinalupihan for the improvement of its waterways and other tributaries as part of its flood control projects.

He explained that due to its geographical location, the town serves as a catch basin of rainwater coming from the nearby denuded  mountain ranges of Zambales and Pampanga provinces, affecting the low-lying villages in Dinalupihan.

Dinalupihan town, a gateway to the most progressive ecozone in the country, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), regarded as one of the fast growing economic zones, seemingly have gained support with the assumption of Ms. Garcia as the town municipal executive for her emphasis on restructuring outmoded dikes to resolve flooding which has been pinpointed as a nemesis of economic development.

In a related development, the Provincial Government has earmarked P60 million (from the P 265 million loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines) to Dinalupihan for the improvement of its municipal building, public market and civic center.

The national government has likewise approved the allocation of P 3.5 billion for the improvement and rehabilitation of existing major tributaries in Pampanga and Bataan. The completion of these flood control projects is expected to solve the perennial flood problems in several Pampanga  and Bataan coastal towns.

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