Isabela gov’t to probe on cause of massive flooding in San Manuel, Aurora towns

Published August 16, 2022, 12:33 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — The Provincial Government of Isabela will conduct a meeting with the farmers, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Irrigators Association to determine the cause of the massive flooding experienced in San Manuel and Aurora, Isabela.


Governor Rodito Albano told a local radio station here that the provincial government made the decision after a surprising massive flooding on August 13 and August 14 affected about 7000 families as reported earlier by the Department of Social Welfare Development.

The DSWD-Region 2 provided immediate assistance to 5000 families in San Manuel and 2000 families in Aurora affected by unexpected flash floods.

DSWD regional director Cezario Joel Espejo led the distribution of family food packs (FFPs) and 3,000 cash assistance under the department’s assistance to individuals in crisis situations to the affected families.

The National Irrigation Administration Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA MARIIS) Division III clarified that flooding at Aurora was not caused by Magat dam operation.

Gov. Albano said that the allocation of funds for the bypass road plan and the renovation of the drainage canal in the affected towns is also being studied so as not to repeat the massive flooding.

They have also checked the creeks in every town to solve the flooding problem.

Governor Albano expressed gratitude for the quick action of the DSWD for providing aid and financial assistance to the residents affected by the flooding.