Residents in several municipalities in the province of Aurora are now better protected against threats of unwanted inundation after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently completed five flood control structures in their communities.
DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that the DPWH Aurora District Engineering Office (DEO) delivered the much-needed flood mitigating structures in the towns of Baler, Dilasag, and Dipaculao.
“A total of P58.8 million was allocated from the 2022 General Appropriations Act (GAA) to build the protective structures.”
Based on reports submitted by DPWH Regional Office 3 Director Roseller Tolentino and District Engineering Roderick Andal, Bonoan revealed that a total of P58.8 million was allocated from the 2022 General Appropriations Act (GAA) to build the protective structures.
In Aurora’s capital town of Baler, a 390-lineal meter slope protection along the Duongan River section in Barangay Sabang was constructed to supplement the security provided by the nearby 100-lineal meter wall protection.
The slope protection, which protects the community of Sitio Vietnam, was built with stone masonry wall provision that fishermen can utilize to secure their boats during heavy rains brought by typhoons.
Another 506.9-lineal meter slope protection now safeguards locals living in Barangay Diagyan, Dilasag town against coastal flooding.
The slope protection was constructed on steel sheet pile foundation, stone masonry, grouted riprap, and embankment and connected to existing seawalls of the coastal barangay facing Philippine Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, residential areas near waterways in the town of Dipaculao now have extra flood protection with the completion of flood control structures in Barangays Borlongan, Ditale, and Sapangkawayan measuring 192 lineal meters, 540-lineal meters, and 838.5 lineal meters, respectively.
To further strengthen flood resilience in the province, a P116.37-million project broke ground in August 2022 to build a 1,300-lineal meter concrete slope protection.
To further strengthen flood resilience in the province, a P116.37-million project broke ground in August 2022 to build a 1,300-lineal meter concrete slope protection on both sides of a creek in Barangay Mawate, Dingalan, Aurora.
Overflowing of the creek is expected to be prevented when the slope protection project is completed in July 2023, effectively protecting residents as well as the section of Dingalan-Umiray Road that crosses the body of water.