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DPWH supports Central Luzon development council’s plan to mitigate flooding
By: PPAO
Friday, 17 August 2012
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IT’S TIME. Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, chairman of the Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development (SCID) of Regional Development Council (RDC) 3, together with Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson (seated at the right side of Alvarado) and other RDC 3 officials, discuss the ways to mitigate the flooding in Central Luzon during the RDC meeting held at the City of San Fernando, Pampanga yesterday. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson said that they will push through the flood control system that the Regional Development Council (RDC) 3 is proposing.

This happened as Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, chairman on the Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development (SCID) of RDC 3 explained the need to revive the Pampanga River Control System (PRCS), an agency tasked by the national government to maintain and dredge the river systems in Bulacan and Pampanga, after reporting the damages brought about by the nonstop torrential rains that hit the region during the RDC 3 meeting at the San Fernando, Pampanga yesterday.

He said that one of the primary reasons why most parts of Central Luzon experience devastating flooding for days after a typhoon or other hydrologic events is the fact that most of the rivers and waterways in the region are heavily silted.

He added that 20 years ago, the Labangan channel—the major floodways in Bulacan—was about seven meters deep but now, it is only two meters deep, thus losing five meters of its water- carrying capacity.

The governor added that during those time, when the PRCS was still overseeing the maintenance of the river systems and flood control systems in Bulacan and Pampanga, it has in it’s disposal two big dredgers—the Damayan 1 and Damayan 2. After the Mt. Pinatubo Commission was created, the two dredgers were sent to Pampanga to save the City of San Fernando which was then heavily damaged by lahar that was spewed by Mt. Pinatubo.

“It is now time to revive the Pampanga River Control System or bring up an agency that is mandated to supervise the rehabilitation and dredging of the rivers not only in Bulacan and Pampanga but also in other provinces in the region,” said Alvarado.

Singson responded that they are looking on ways on how to control sedimentation and help the local government units in dredging the rivers.

“Pinag-aaralan nating mabuti kung ano ang magagawang paraan para matulungan ang mga LGUs tulad ng pagbili ng sariling dredgers. Naghahanap din tayo ng area, natural catch basin, kung saan maglalagay tayo ng impounding system para kapag malakas ang ulan, ang mga tubig na kadalasang nagdudulot ng problema ay iimbakin natin para hindi magdulot ng pagbaha at sa halip ay magamit sa agriculture, or even as drinking water,” added Singson.

Alvarado said that they are confident that DPWH will immediately implement the long-term solutions to avoid drastic damages that are brought about by natural disasters as the effects of climate change.

“Gawin natin ang nararapat na solusyon, nagtitiwala po tayo na maisasakatuparan ito para sa kapakinabangan hindi lamang ng mga Bulakenyo kundi maging ng buong Central Luzon,” the governor added. ###

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