DPWH fast-tracks flood control, rural water projects nationwide

December 31, 2009 11:40 pm 

By Lynda B. Valencia

MANILA, Dec. 31 — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has doubled its efforts to fast-track rural water projects nationwide along with the repair and rehabilitation of flood control structures damaged by the successive typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng and Ramil last September and October.

"We are on schedule in the implementation of our flood control and rural water work projects," DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo said in a yearend report to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In the same report, DPWH Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Emil K. Sadain of the President's Priority Program on Water (P3W) said that under the Arroyo administration, at least 2,422 water supply projects have been completed, 124 are ongoing construction and 84 undergoing pre-engineering works employing 39,258 workers nationwide.

Sadain said that the completed water supply projects in rural and far-flung areas have enhanced living conditions in the countryside since they need potable water in their everyday household and agricultural activities.

On the other hand, one of the flood control projects, the Masao River Improvement and Construction of Urban Drainage System in Butuan City is now 98.86 percent complete, Sadain said.

In Pangasinan, even though the Agno River Flood Control Project Phase II, Package 2, experienced closure of dike embankment, which was washed out by the floods caused by typhoon Pepeng, the DPWH has accomplished 76.33 percent of its completion ahead of its scheduled 75.86 percent.

The Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase II, which involves the construction and improvement along the Pasig River from Del Pan Bridge in Manila to the Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure (NHCS), was started in July 2009 and will be completed in June 2012.

The project's consulting engineering services is now 49.91 percent complete ahead of its scheduled 47.63 percent accomplishment.

Meanwhile, flooding in five out of 21 barangays in the adjacent cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (Camanava) in northern Metro Manila has been minimized, if not eliminated, after the completion of the independent floodgates and navigation gate.

The Camanava Flood Control and Drainage Project has accomplished 100 percent of the flood control components equivalent to 88 percent of the total project scope.

Domingo said DPWH field officials and rank-and-file employees are on alert 24/7, especially during the rainy season, to respond immediately in clearing and flood control operations. (PNA) scs/LBV

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