PGMA to inspect vital infra projects in Guagua, Pampanga

October 3, 2009 4:35 pm 

GUAGUA, Pampanga, Oct. 3 -– President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is expected to give the go-signal for the immediate repair and rehabilitation of two vital river containment systems in Pampanga when she visits the province on Sunday.

The President is expected to be in San Jose in this town at around noon to personally check on the damage caused by tropical storm “Ondoy” on a portion of the earth dike along the Lambac-Natividad-San Jose creek, one of the local tributaries of the province that traverse residential and commercial areas of Guagua covering 15 barangays with a total population of 53,470.

The collapse of the earth dike caused the subsequent flooding of the neighboring barangays of Locion (San Antonio, San Isidro, San Pablo, San Matias, San Juan 1st and San Jose) and Pangulo area (Siran, Natividad, and Lambac).

The President will proceed to nearby San Juan Nepomuceno in Betis to inspect the rehabilitation of the damaged portion of the Sapang Maragul riverbank dike, which traverses residential areas covering a total land area of 164.5015 hectares with a total population of 6,560 families.

Strong rains brought by “Ondoy” caused a portion of the riprap dike of Sapang Maragul (San Juan Nepomuceno portion) to collapse and allow floodwaters to enter almost all 31 towns of Guagua. The collapsed dike also caused flood waters, reaching as high as five feet, to spread to six other neighboring barangays of Betis with a population of 30,735. (PNA)

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