DPWH builds flood control structure in Iloilo

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has built an additional flood control structure along the Jaro-Aganan River in Barangay Poblacion, Alimodian, Iloilo, to ensure safer communities.

Undertaken by the DPWH Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office, the Php 96.499-million project, funded under the FY 2023 DPWH Infrastructure Program, involves the construction of a 697-lineal meter long, 6-meter high concrete vertical revetment wall on a sheet pile foundation. This essential infrastructure helps protect people, property, and resources from the damaging effects of floods.

In his report to DPWH 6 Regional Director Sanny Boy O. Oropel, District Engineer Mario G. Soriano stated this structure adds to the existing flood control structures built along the Jaro-Aganan River, aiming to ensure that all communities along the river are protected, especially during heavy rains.

“This flood protection structure will serve as a defense against flash floods and erosion of the river bank, protecting people, their properties, and means of livelihood,” said Soriano.

“This river control is designed to reduce the risk of flooding by diverting, storing, and releasing floodwaters in a controlled manner. This significantly protects communities from possible property damage, loss of life, and contamination of drinking water sources caused by flooding,” Soriano added.

Soriano also mentioned that residents in the area depend on agricultural production and animal raising, and the revetment wall will protect their sources of living, allowing them to earn more for their needs.

“This structure will also prevent Aganan Bridge from being damaged during heavy floods, ensuring the road remains open to motorists and the public. With this structure, the road will be protected from potential cut-offs during heavy rains, ensuring the continuous flow of goods and services,” Soriano explained.

Regional Director Oropel emphasized that, in addition to protecting lives, properties, and livelihoods, this structure will help protect the environment by reducing sedimentation and pollution.

“This river control is essential for protecting communities from flooding, safeguarding agriculture and livelihoods in the area,” Oropel said. “This structure will help reduce the amount of sediment and pollutants carried downstream by controlling water flow,” he added.

In addition to roads and bridges, DPWH is committed to safeguarding and helping communities by building significant structures such as river and flood control projects, improving the lives of every Filipino.

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