By Raymund Antonio
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expects the completion of the remaining 12 flood mitigation projects before the year ends in the municipalities of Albuera, Isabel, Palompon and Ormoc City, all located in Leyte.
DPWH is looking forward to finish these projects in the areas within the year as the construction is on track and now on its final completion stage.
“These flood control structures are essential to protect lives and properties against the threat of flash floods which in the past have forced Leyte residents to evacuate from their homes,” said DPWH Leyte 4th district engineer Lino Francisco Gonzalez.
Gonzales was referring to the implementation of the projects in the villages of Burauen, Bacan, Boac, Palanas, and Tagbas in Albuera; San Miguel and Sabang in Palompon; Matlang and Marvel in Isabel; and Ahag, Anilao, Lilo-an, and Owak in Ormoc City.
DPWH has so far completed five projects to mitigate flood problems in Bao and Natubgan in Kananga; Boac, Albuera; and San Antonio and
Matica-a in Ormoc City.
Gonzalez, in his report to the DPWH main office in Manila, said that P379 million was allocated for these 17 flood control projects.
Meanwhile, the construction of the four-lane diversion road, which traverses the villages of San Juan, Lao, and Naungan, is now underway in Ormoc City.
The DPWH engineer said a total of P300 million was allocated for the construction of the Ormoc City Diversion Road that will reduce traffic congestion along the Merida-Isabel-Palompon route.
The Ormoc Diversion Road project is divided into four contract packages that cover the “concreting of a four-lane road with shoulders, slope protection structure, box culvert, line canal, and a 75-meter two-lane bridge.”
DPWH started the project last March through contract package A and B that are now both 37 percent complete while the two others began last May and are now both 22 percent complete.
The diversion road will be completed by first quarter of 2019, with weather conditions permitting, said Gonzales.
“With this diversion road, the 11-kilometer distance from Brgy. San Juan to Brgy. Naungan will be shortened to just four kilometers, immensely benefitting our locals and motorists whether just traveling or delivering goods and services,” he said.