TACLOBAN CITY– To ensure the protection of residents in Tunga, Leyte, during the rainy season, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Leyte 2nd District Engineering Office (L2DEO) is building a flood control structure and drainage system along the Naliwatan River Basin located in Barangay San Vicente in the said town.
According to District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, during severe rains, the water level in the river channel tends to rise.
The ravaging water flow from the upper stream scours the riverbanks, causing them to erode. Thus, building flood control structures will safeguard the riverbanks by reducing the scour process, he said.
“Additionally, the flood control structure will serve as a defense along the river and assure the continuation of communities’ economic and social activities,” Oppura added.
The P54.95 million project is sourced from the department’s flood management program under the 2023 General Appropriations Act (GAA) involving the construction of 946 linear meters of revetment wall at 3 meters tall from the normal water level.
Upon completion, these flood mitigation structures will ensure safety against possible flooding in Brgy. San Vicente and its nearby communities, as well as their properties and sources of living.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)