By Betheena Unite
A spillway bridge that will keep floodwater under control when drainage systems are already full has been constructed in a flood-prone village in Bontoc, Southern Leyte.
The spillway bridge will also provide safe passage for motorists in crossing a river located in Barangay Himakilo, where the spillway was constructed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
According to DPWH Southern Leyte District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia, the spillway bridge was built at a cost of P1.9 million.
“It’s primary objective is to keep floodwater under control when local drainage systems can no longer contain the water volume,” Junia added.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that a section of the spillway was rendered impassable due to river overflow which occurred in the last rainy season, prompting the implementation of the project.
“The DPWH Southern Leyte District Engineering Office came up with a design that will not only curb the problem of overflowing in the area but will also allow motorists to pass through this section even during heavy downpour,” Villar said.
Flood-control and mitigation structures are among the priority projects of the department in Southern Leyte, Villar further said.
In 2018, the department carried out P485.31-million worth of flood control projects in the province which included the repair or maintenance of dikes, seawalls, river control, revetment, river walls, drainage mains, waterways, and flood control structures and facilities. (Betheena Kae Unite)