CATARMAN, Northern Samar – The Department of Public Works and Highways- Northern Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-NSFDEO) commenced dredging operations in Catarman, Northern Samar, on April 25, 2024, as part of its ongoing efforts to alleviate flooding risks and ensure the safety of residents in the area.

The decision to undertake dredging activities was prompted by the significant rainfall event that occurred on November 21, 2023, when Catarman, Northern Samar, experienced more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours. This event led to massive flooding, submerging a big part of Catarman, displacement of some residents, causing damage to properties and tragically claiming lives.

District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio and DPWH Regional Office 8, in close coordination with the local Government Unit of Catarman and Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), initiated the dredging operations.

“Through these dredging operations, we aim to restore the creeks’ natural capacity and reduce the risk of massive flooding to avoid repeating the aftermath of such natural hazards. We recognize the importance of maintaining clear and efficient waterways, not only for flood prevention but also for environmental sustainability,” said District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio.

To facilitate the dredging operations, the DPWH-Regional Office 8 Equipment Management Division (EMD) has deployed dredging equipment to desilt major waterways in the municipality of Catarman. Amphibious excavator has been mobilized to desilt and clear portions of Ipil-Ipil, Maroyondoyon, and Kaglangkoy creeks in the said municipality.
Prior to the commencement of operations, strict adherence to DENR and DPWH guidelines is enforced to prevent adverse environmental effects.

The DPWH-NSFDEO has closely coordinated with the local government unit of Catarman and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to secure necessary permits and environmental clearances, such as the Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC).
The dredging operations are expected to be completed within the specified timeframe, contributing significantly to the long-term flood mitigation efforts in Catarman, Northern Samar.