A 746-meter long river wall in Baler has been completed and is now protecting the locals and coconut farms from perennial flooding, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
DPWH Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan said the five-meter high revetment wall was built on a steel sheet pile foundation and supported by a grouted riprap on the rear side. It has also provided with access ramp and a single box culvert.
Meanwhile, Aurora DEO District Engineer Roderick A. Andal said the river control structure prevents the river from overflowing in times of heavy rains and provides better protection to coconut plantations as well as other farmlands located near the river.
“Aside from minimizing agricultural losses, the structure also ensures the safety of residents and lessens possible damage to properties brought about by river flooding,” Andal said
Completed in November 2022, the Malupa-Dian-Aguang River Control Structure in Barangay Reserva cost P91.68 million to build with funding sourced from the 2022 General Appropriations Act (GAA)