DPWH completes P49.2-million slope protection project in northern Iloilo

AN aerial view of the project in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. (DPWH-6)
ILOILO CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 6 (Western Visayas) has completed a P49.2-million slope protection project in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

The project will provide protection against landslides to motorists traveling in northern Iloilo.

“This project ensures that national roads are free from falling debris and erosion to provide smooth and continuous traffic flow, as well as providing safety among our motorists and the riding public, especially these days that we are experiencing or expecting series of rainfalls and typhoons,” said Engr. Nerie Bueno, DPWH-Region 6 director.

Undertaken by the DPWH-Iloilo 3rd District Engineering Office, it involved the construction of 19.3-lineal meter active slope protection structure as well as construction of a lined canal to provide smooth passage of water and prevent it from overflowing on the national road.

District Engineer Ricardo Gutierrez said the infrastructure has not been completed at that time but it played a pivotal role in providing protection during heavy rainfall from tropical depression “Agaton” last April.

“Several road sections were affected by landslide but the portion with slope protection structure was passable to all types of vehicles,” said Gutierrez.