JICA-Funded Flood Control Dike Inaugurated In MisOr





Officials of the Philippines and Japan on Tuesday inaugurated the newly-constructed PHP778-million Tagoloan River Basin Flood Control which will mitigate flood damage in high-risk areas of Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda unveiled the marker of the flood control dike funded through a loan agreement from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The new dike has a 692-meter upstream and 1.9-kilometer downstream revetment structures as well as excavation works and drainage improvement.

Villar lauded the DPWH-Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) for the completion of the structure that will not only protect residents Tagoloan and its neighboring coastal areas from serious flooding but will also provide opportunities for development in the area.

“The completion of Tagoloan Flood Control Project is very timely, makakatulog na ng mahimbing at walang pangamba ang ating mga kababayan sa Misamis Oriental sapagkat alam nilang ligtas na sila sa banta ng mataas na baha (our countrymen in Misamis Oriental can now sleep well and without because they are now safe from floods),” Villar said in a statement.

“We would like to thank the government of Japan for their continued support in the Duterte administration’s infrastructure program that aims to provide quality and safe infrastructure facilities to propel national economic growth,” he added.

The Tagoloan River Basin Flood Control Project is one of the flood risk management projects implemented by the DPWH UPMO-Flood Control Management Cluster (FCMC) to mitigate flood damage in vulnerable areas within the three principal river systems of Lower Cagayan, Imus, and Tagoloan.

The project utilized geotube with net gabions and sand filled mattress during construction which are durable and cost-effective materials.

During flooding, sluiceway will drain water gathered in the drainage and stop backflow from the river channel by closing the gate while the adapted flexible joints will prevent the cracking and breakage of box culvert structure during ground settlement.

Also present during the inauguration were DPWH Undersecretary for UPMO Operations and Technical Services Emil K. Sadain, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, DPWH Project Director Patrick Gatan of UPMO-FCMC, and local officials of the province of Misamis Oriental led by Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano. (PNA)

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