By Betheena Kae Unite
Six flood control structures in low-lying areas in Sarangani Province were recently completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
Public Works and Secretary Mark Villar recently announced that the flood control structures in the areas of Kalaong River and Upo River in Maitum, Glan River and Big Margus River in Glan, Lun Padidu River in Malapatan, and Tinagacan River in Malungon were already completed.
The areas were previously identified as vulnerable sites where residents frequently experience heavy flooding during strong typhoons.
Villar said the implementation of these projects has a total funding of P300 million from the 2019 General Appropriations Act and implemented by DPWH Sarangani District Engineering Office .
The department, the secretary added, is working on more flood control projects in the coastal province that are all targeted to finish construction before the year ends.
“It is always better to come prepared for storms and torrential rains that cause waterways to overflow. At present, we are fast-tracking the completion of 11 more flood control structures for the protection of the people in the municipalities of Alabel, Malungon, Kiamba, Maitum, Malapatan and Maasim,” he said.