MAASIN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field office here will embark on a P458.65 million flood control projects this year in a bid to prevent overflowing of rivers.
The multi-million projects in 24 sites include the construction of embankments along riverbanks and coastlines considered as critical sections in the province.
DPWH Southern Leyte chief Ma. Margarita C. Junia said the construction of these concrete barriers is a practical solution to the problem of overflowing and erosion that posed danger to dwellers near rivers.
Of the 24 flood mitigation structures, 12 will be built in Sogod town; two each in Libagon, San Francisco, and San Juan; and one each in Malitbog, Hinunangan, Bontoc, St. Bernard, Silago, and Macrohon towns.
“The main objective in implementing these projects is to safeguard the lives and properties of the people against major floods,” Junia said.
Last year, the field office implemented six flood control projects along Subang Daku River in Sogod town with P278.24 million cost.
The district office will continue to identify other flood-prone areas as future sites of flood control projects. These projects are on top of drainage systems and declogging of waterways.