TACLOBAN CITY– 4Ps party-list Representative, Marcelino Libanan, spearheaded on May 8 the groundbreaking ceremony of the P50 million flood mitigation structures in the town of Balangkayan.

Engr. Jayson Espeso, the spokesperson of the Eastern Samar District Engineering Office, said that the project is being implemented by the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under its “SIPAG”, or Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Alleviating Gaps project.

Spanning a length of 356.317, the revetment project consists of two sections as well as the last portions of the first flood control.

It also includes driven steel piles, revetment, embankment, and grouted riprap, Espeso said in a press statement.

He also added that they had already sent a notice for the DPWH to proceed with the project.

Balangkayan was one of the areas in Eastern Samar that was hard-hit when Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda,’ marked with storm surges, pounded the province in 2013.

Espeso said that the project’s primary goal is not only to protect the residents but also to save national highways in order to preserve connectivity during emergencies.

Town Mayor Edith Anne Contado expressed her gratitude to Rep. Libanan for coming up with the project to their town.

“The project will contribute to the protection of families, particularly those residing in close proximity to coastal barangays,” she said.