Marikina flood control project substantially completed: DPWH

MANILA The construction of flood control structures along the Nangka River in Barangay Fortune, Marikina City, is substantially completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Friday

In a statement, DPWH National Capital Region director Ador Canlas said the PHP45-million flood control structure is now 91 percent complete. The project is to ensure the safety of nearby residents and their properties.

He added that the 334.75-linear meter project will be finished way ahead of its target completion in April 2020.

The undertaking involves replacement of ripraps and concrete gravity walls.

Meanwhile, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar assured the public that the department is implementing more flood mitigation projects along the river to ensure the protection of residents affected during strong typhoons.

The stretch of Nangka River traverses a number of communities living in San Mateo, Rizal and Marikina.

As one of the cities that are gravely flooded during strong typhoons, the Marikina government usually instructs residents in low-lying areas to evacuate, he said in a separate statement.

The department hopes to provide aid on this problem by continuously seeking effective flood mitigation initiatives, Villar added.

The project is funded under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and implemented by DPWH Metro Manila I District Engineering Office (DEO). (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency