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DPWH earmarks P 3.5 Billion for flood control projects in Bataan and Pampanga

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  • Raffy C. V.
  • 8 years ago

Orani, Bataan- The Department of Public Works and Highways has earmarked P 3.5 billion for the Integrated Flood Control Projects in the town of Lubao in Pampanga and the three (3)   Northern Bataan towns of Dinalupihan, Hermosa and Orani to solve horrible flooding which resulted to massive destruction of agricultural crops , fishponds , private and government infrastructures.

Engineer Wilfredo S. Mallari, head of the Bataan DPWH First  Engineering , said  that the project is expected to be completed in seven years based on the feasibility study conducted by the pool of government engineers and coordination with private engineering expertise .

According to Mallari the agency had released some P 450 million for the implementation of the multi-billion peso flood control development program.

 He explained under the said program ,  a diversion channel would be constructed to allow waters from Gumain and Caulaman rivers in Pampanga to go directly to Lubao town sea outlet.

While the  agency would make a diversion channel in Palihan, Hermosa town about two kilometers long to let floodwaters flow faster to the Manila Bay.

The project includes the widening of silted rivers along the coastal areas of Hermosa and Orani towns to direct floodwaters to Manila Bay.

Bataan Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia predicted the completion of the flood control project in the province would solve flooding in low-lying areas and further improve the livelihood of the agricultural communities.

Garcia said the plight of farmers often affected by the heavy downpour during rainy season may finally put into end  with the implementation   of the flood control project.

  During the recent Independence Day celebration here, Mayor Gila Garcia addressed the flooding problem which perennially troubles low-lying Dinalupihan town and assailed illegal logging in the mountains.

“Rain is not our enemy. Our enemy is illegal logging, the absence of discipline in disposing garbage in the environment, the obstruction of canals that serve as channel of flood, the climate change that people also has created,” said Garcia.

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