Flood-control study for Central Luzon to start by Oct. 11

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Pampanga flood control system

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is expected to launch a feasibility study for the Pampanga Delta Development Program (PDDP) by Oct. 11, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said.

“I was informed by the DPWH that the feasibility study for the Pampanga River will be opened on Oct. 11,” Speaker Arroyo said in a statement Sunday.

The Speaker, who represents the second district of Pampanga, met with the DPWH on Friday to discuss the flood control master plan.

Ms. Arroyo said the feasibility study will focus on the second phase of the PDDP, since the first phase was completed in 2002.

She said Phase 2 covers parts of neighboring provinces, including the river section between Mt. Arayat to Calumpit, Bulacan. “The feasibility study will start by Oct. 11 when a winning bidder is declared,” Ms. Arroyo added.

Phase 3 covers upstream areas in Gabaldon and Rizal, Nueva Ecija, she added, and will begin by 2019.

Also among those present in the coordination meeting were local officials and Representatives of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan. — Charmaine A. Tadalan