construction of flood control structures in Brgy. Sinidman.
P100-M flood control projects in Calbayog City
CHENZI MAY D. UY
August 29, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO) has started construction of three
(3) flood control structures along two rivers in Calbayog City,
A net amount of 100
million pesos will be spent on these projects based on the approved
General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2019.
Two of said river control
structures, totalling 417.5 linear meters, are being constructed
along sections of Jibatang River, specifically in barangays
Capacuhan and Cabugawan. The other one, which measures 240 linear
meters, can be found along the river in Barangay Sinidman.
Jibatang River is a
34.13-kilometer-long stream that traverses twenty-six (26) barangays
in Calbayog City. Based on interviews with locals, recent typhoons
such as Typhoon Amang in 2015 and Typhoon Usman in 2018 have brought
non-stop torrential rains that caused the flood waters rising up to
two meters or above.
Needless to say, river
control structures are critical to the protection of lives and
properties within the immediate vicinity of the river. In 2018, DPWH
built a total of 1,760.50 linear meters of flood control structures
along Jibatang River alone, but more such structures are still
needed to further mitigate flooding incidents in nearby villages.
The currently ongoing
projects will directly benefit around 1,365 locals in Cabugawan and
Capacuhan and over 800 people in Sinidman.
Project implementation is
right on track, and the district office is expecting completion
within the prescribed timeframe.