BORONGAN CITY– Department of Public Works and Highways Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (DPWH ESDEO) will construct more than half-kilometer of flood control structure to protect remote barangays in Oras, Eastern Samar.
District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia of DPWH ESDEO said that the district office is going to implement two flood control structure projects for Brgy. Gamot and Brgy. Cagpile, Oras.
“We will implement this year the construction of flood control in Brgy. Gamot with a length of 310 meters with an appropriation of P100 million and in Brgy. Cagpili with a length of 205 meters amounting to P50 million,” said DE Junia.
On January 20, 2022, DE Junia together with other DPWH ESDEO heads inspected the location of the projects and witnessed the impact of soil erosion in the barangays.
“According to the barangay officials in Brgy. Gamot, three houses and barangay roads were already damaged and vanished because of soil erosion,” said DE Junia.
She also added that once the projects are completed, it will protect the lives and properties of the locals, especially those who are living along the riverside.
“The flood control structure will also preserve and protect the land area of the two barangays which decreases annually because of scouring caused by the strong current of the river, particularly during bad weather,” she also added.
DPWH Eastern Samar DEO has already issued a notice to proceed dated February 7, 2022 for the construction of flood control projects  in Cagpile and  Gamot has not yet started because the fund of the projects is categorized as for later release.(PR)