DPWH completes seawall vs storm surge in Eastern Samar

Published July 4, 2022, 12:27 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the 252-meter flood control structure to protect residents of a barangay in Guiuan, Eastern Samar from storm surge.

DPWH Sec. Manuel Bonoan said the project cost P29.64 million and was built following the deadly storm surge triggered by supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.

photo: DPWH

“The construction of a seawall is deemed a priority to ensure that residents in the area will no longer experience the destruction caused by Typhoon Yolanda,” said Bonoan.

He said the project will protect around 237 families, government buildings, and nature reserves or protected areas.

“This project has allowed residents to sleep peacefully at night, especially in the occurrence of heavy rains, knowing that the seawall will serve as a barrier from big waves that can take away lives and destroy properties such as houses, buildings, and other local facilities situated in the barangay,” said Bonoan.

photo: DPWH

DPWH is also set to implement the Phase 1 of the Pagnamitan Bridge this year, to provide better accessibility along Guiuan-Sulangan Peninsula Road and widen the waterways to lessen flooding in the area.