(Metro News) DPWH orders the repair of dikes in Malabon

June 26, 2009 8:05 am 

MANILA, June 26 — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be conducting emergency repairs on the two dikes that collapsed, triggering flood to four barangays in Malabon City.

At the same time, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane directed a search for qualified contractors to the DPWH-National Capital Region that will undertake the repair of the damaged dikes.

Reports said 500 families from Barangays Catmon, Maysilo, Panghulo and Dampalit were evacuated on Thursday after the dikes collapsed. The affected families are now temporarily sheltered at Catmon Elementary School.

According to DPWH- KAMANAVA Flood Control Project director Engineer Macariola Bartolo, the dikes might have eroded because of the continuous rains and floods.

She explained that the eight-meter section of the dike located in Gulayan, Catmon in Malabon City was just made of patched up soil.

“This was an old dike that was made from fishponds has existed for the past 30 years. When it was breached it resulted to flooding. It also happened that the June 24 was recorded with the highest high tide for the month with a 12.1 meter elevation,” she said.

The department has also placed more than 4,000 sandbags as well as bamboo sticks to prevent the waters from flooding the area.

Ebdane added that they have been elevating the roadway in Dampalit by one meter, but they have not yet completed this project and there remains some 750 meters of roadway to be raised.

Meanwhile, the DPWH chief said he is not inclined to react on a comment issued by Malabon Mayor Canuto Oreta who blamed the agency for the collapse of the two dikes.

Instead, Ebdane just ordered for the immediate conduct of repairs to prevent flooding the city. (PNA) FGP/utb

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