THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday announced the early completion of the P91.68-million flood control structure and roadway in Las Piñas City.

In a statement, the DPWH said it “completed the flood control structure and paved road along Las Piñas River five (5) months earlier than its expected completion.”

The implementation of the project had been “fast tracked” since it was launched in July last year, according to DPWH National Capital Region Manager Ador G. Canlas. The project is situated along Doña Julita to Naga Bridge in Barangay Pulang Lupa II in Las Piñas City.

The project, the DPWH said, includes 151-lineal meter structure with 5.4-meter high retaining wall and 191-lineal meter pavement road. The roadway will also serve as an alternate route for motorists passing by Las Piñas.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said: “Although initially targeted for completion in April 2020, DPWH Las Piñas-Muntinlupa intently finished construction works earlier to better prepare for possible flooding come the rainy season.”

According to the DPWH, the Las Piñas River, 12.8-kilometers long, is a major waterway that runs from the city to the bay of Manila. The DPWH is also constructing a P279.3-million slope protection structure along the Taguig River. It said the project is expected to be completed within the first half of the year. — Arjay L. Balinbin