THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday that it completed a P122-million flood control structure in Isabela, a P34-million river wall in Leyte, and a P6-million farm-to-market road in Zamboanga del Norte.

The P122-million Magat River Flood Control Project will benefit the residents of Barangay San Roque, San Mateo, Isabela, the DPWH said in a statement.

The flood control structure, which will minimize the overflow of water during heavy rains, was started in June 2019 and completed in December.

Of the P34.7 million flood control project along the Bangon River in Barangay Arado, Palo, Leyte, DPWH Region 8 Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno said: “The 323.90-meter river wall was constructed by DPWH Leyte First District Engineering Office (DEO) to prevent the overflowing of Bangon River especially during typhoon season.”

“With the newly-completed 6.75 meter-high embankment, residents will no longer have to worry (about) any threatening events when heavy rains occur as this structure was constructed in accordance to the department’s standard specifications for flood mitigating structures,” Ms. Bueno added.

The DPWH noted that the flood control project was funded under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) of the Leyte First District Office.

The DPWH also completed a P6-million farm-to-market road project in Barangay Canupong, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.

The project, according to DPWH Zamboanga del Norte 2nd District Engineer Romeo A. Sadalaga, “involves the construction of a 380-meter road with 5-meter wide carriageway and 20-centimeter thick concrete pavement.”

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said: “This road hastens the mobilization and transportation of farm produce to market centers in the city, thus improving socio-economic activities in the area.”

“We hope to provide more farm-to-market roads in Zamboanga del Norte which has devoted most of their lands for planting agricultural products such as banana, corn, coconut, sugarcane, and palay,” he added. — Arjay L. Balinbin