By Liezle Basa-Iñigo
ROSALES, Pangasinan – The Department of Public Works and Highways – Pangasinan 3rd District Engineering Office said eight flood-control projects worth P170 million were completed as early as November which will address the flooding problems in and around the municipality of Balungao.
District Engineer Gerardo T. De Guzman said the flood control projects were designed to accommodate a larger volume of floodwater.
The recent typhoons that struck Luzon caused widespread flooding, but the said flood control projects spared Balungao.
Protecting the low-lying areas of the town from floods are the flood control projects in Barangay San Marcelino – Casanicolasan (P27.84 million), Agno River in Barangay Aurelio III (P23.52 million), Barangay San Julian (P19.20 million) Barangay San Leon (P19.01 million), Barangay Pugaro – Poblacion (27.28 million), Agno River in Barangay San Aurelio I (!9.6 million) and Barangay Rajal (19.5 million).
Meanwhile, Engr. Narchito S. Arpilleda, Public Information Officer, said that the completion of the flood control projects will not only protect the lives of the people living near the rivers, but also minimize flooding and damage during heavy rains.