JICA-DPWH project due for completion early 2019

Published November 18, 2018, 3:07 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Camcer Ordoñez Imam

A P667-million flood control project that aims to mitigate flood damages in selected core areas in the Tagoloan River Basin will be completed in the first half of 2019.


This was revealed after the fourth quarter monitoring and evaluation conducted by representatives of funding agencies Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), along with the local government of Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental.

The project entails the construction of river dikes and partial excavation of river channel together with drainage channel improvement in the upstream and downstream sections of Tagoloan River.

Tagoloan River is among the priority river basins included in the Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP) of the DPWH’s Unified Project Management Office for Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC), headed by Project Director Patrick B. Gatan, under DPWH Undersecretary for Operations Emil K. Sadain. The project is being funded by the Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the government of Japan, through JICA.

Meanwhile, the LGU of Tagoloan is all set for the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign for Flood Forecasting and Warning System for Tagoloan River Basin and its allied river basins on November 20.
Representatives from the 20 barangays of Tagoloan will be attending the lectures in the morning by resource persons from DOST-PAGASA.

The topics will include Understanding Hydrometeorological Hazards and Flood Forecasting and Warning System in the Tagoloan River Basin.

Afterwards, a flood drill will be conducted involving the residents of Barangay Poblacion, one of the flood-prone communities in the municipality.

Spearheading this activity is the Tagoloan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The IEC Campaign is an integral component of the non-structural measures being implemented under the Project that is meant to further enhance disaster preparedness of the affected barangays during flooding.