Iloilo town gets P55M flood protection

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THE P55-million flood control project intended to protect residents from the overflowing of Barotac Viejo River in Barangay Poblacion Ilawod has been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced. “The completion of this flood control project will protect those living within the flood-prone barangays of Poblacion and Natividad… Additionally, the trail in the dike gives a recreational venue for the community, which can be used for biking, jogging and walking towards the shoreline of Visayan Sea,” said DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar in a statement, citing a report from DPWH Iloilo 3rd District Engineer Flordelis C. Enriquez. For 2019, DPWH has allocated P136 million to extend the 450-linear meter project to other parts of Barangay Natividad, Poblacion, and Ilawod.

Another flood control structure, located in Barangay Buhang in Iloilo City’s Jaro District, was visited recently by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who pushed for the project during her time as president. Ms. Arroyo said she wanted to revisit the project as she prepares to discuss maintenance work with DPWH. “We can precipitate the internal process of DPWH to work on the plan for the maintenance of this project,” she said. “I can have oversight committee hearing on the other food control requirements of Iloilo City and province so that we can persuade the DPWH to start their initial processes,” she added. The Jaro structure is part of the P5.5-billion Iloilo Flood Control project completed in 2011. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo