DPWH-3 vows to evaluate the cause of Arnedo dike collapse

November 22, 2012 11:39 am 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Nov. 22 — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office has vowed to evaluate the cause of the collapse of the portion of the Arnedo dike in Candaba town.

DPWH Regional Director Antonio Molano said he will request for the conduct of thorough studies to determine the possible reason behind the collapse of the dike and at the same time take immediate remedial measures.

"There might be sink hole or underwater current that caused the erosion of the land and the sinking of the collapsed portion of the dike, I would request to conduct exploration to determine the soil formations in the area," he said.

Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, for his part, said it would be better for the DPWH to plan first the right design for the dike as it may cause danger to the residents in the town and nearby areas.

Arnedo dike collapsed while the weather is fair and water in Pampanga River is calm and in average level, the residents said.

According to the residents, the project's contractor, the Northern Builders, reportedly left it unfinished even before the rainy season.

They also claimed that the contractor pulled out its heavy equipment and did not finish the concreting of the remaining stretch of the affected dike. (PNA)

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