By Betheena Unite
A multi-million peso flood-control structure located near a river in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan has been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) recently announced.
The 47-million flood control system is located along the Pinacanuan River in Bagumbayan, Tuguegarao.
According to the DPWH-Cagayan Third District Engineering Office, the new flood control system was completed in February 1.
District Engineer Danilo Tabilas said that the riverbank needs a protection so they allocated funding for the construction of a river control system which spans a length of 271.60 lineal meters.
“This structure will prevent influx of water to agricultural and residential areas during onset of heavy rains,” Tabilas said.
“This will prevent damage to properties and protect the lives of about 153,502 residents of Tuguegarao City,” he added.
The project was funded under the 2018 Regular Infrastructure Fund.
Meanwhile, A P2-billion flood control project covering a 3.31-kilometer riverbanks of Cagayan River also in Tuguegarao City is expected to be completed this year.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said last year that the P2-billion flood control system will be done by this year as it was 65-percent done in May 2018.
The project covers the construction of revetment and spurdike along the riverbanks of Barangays Alibago, Enrile, and Cataggaman, Tuguegarao City.
“To date, the Cagayan River Basin Project being implemented in three flood-prone barangays of Tuguegarao is now 65 percent completed. We hope that our contractor Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co., Ltd. will be able to deliver full completion of this project by 2019,” Villar then said.
The billion-peso project will cover structural and nonstructural measures against flooding for the low-lying barangays of Tuguegarao. It involves the construction of 940-meter revetment in Barangay Alibago, 1,400-meter revetment and 970-meter spurdike in Barangay Cataggaman, including the excavation of a total of 405,000 cubic meters, and embankment/backfill of about 167,000 cubic meters in Barangay Enrile.