By Camcer Ordoñez Imam
Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has ordered the full-scale fast-tracking of the Tagoloan flood-mitigation project, under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” Program.
DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Emil Sadain, through UPMO for Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC) Project Director Patrick Gatan, ordered the fast-tracking of the project completion, which has already reached 75 percent, and is expected to meet its target completion date in March 2019.
The Tagoloan River Basin Sub-project is being implemented under the operational control of the UPMO-FCMC of the DPWH, and is funded by the Official Development Assistance from the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Roy Quilaton, project engineer and acting chairman of the Flood Mitigation Committee, DPWH-UPMO-FCMC, said during the 11th Meeting of the FMC for Tagoloan River Sub-Project, on Wednesday, here, that the P667-million Tagoloan flood-mitigation project was already being completed in “double time.”
The project consists of two stages, involving the construction of a flood protection dike, partial excavation of river channel, and drainage channel improvement.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his recent visit to Lanao del Norte after the onslaught of Storm “Vinta,” wanted his “Build, Build, Build” project, dubbed “TRAIN our Road to Progress” as overseer of the constructions of the dikes, bridges and roads under the Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan River, Tagoloan River and Imus River (FRIMP-CTI), which is under a JICA loan agreement.
While still under construction, the Tagoloan flood-control project was able to prevent flooding in Tagoloan communities when Vinta hit the country last December, Quilaton said.
“The structures that have been in place at that time were able to prevent flooding in the central areas of Tagoloan by keeping the water from the river from overflowing,” he added.
Quilaton and the members of the FMC discussed updates and developments during the meeting, at the Tagoloan Municipal Hall, with preliminary discussions for the operation and maintenance of the project with the Local Government of Tagoloan, UPMO-FCMC and the Misamis Oriental Second District Engineering Office.