A flood control project is now underway at the Cabayongan River in Jaro, Leyte to help protect residents living nearby. The project is being undertaken by the Leyte Second Engineering District Office at a cost of P 54.66 million. (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY – To ensure the safety of the residents living near the Cabayongan River basin in the town of Jaro, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH – Leyte 2nd District Engineering Office (L2DEO) has constructed a flood control structure and drainage system along the river banks.

District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura said that the P54.66 million flood control structure will serve as a defense in the event of a raging flood brought on by intense rains thus saving people’s lives and properties.

The structure will also lessen the livestock and crop losses and guard against damage to farmlands, all of which support local agricultural economies and food security.

Furthermore, a 428-meter in 4.5-meter tall revetment flood control structure was constructed in the said project as protection against strong currents and to prevent riverbank erosion.

Oppura said that communities need flood control structures such as revetments to prevent further damage to water-logged areas and to mitigate erosion and scouring on river banks during floods and high-velocity river streams.