Slope Protection along Suage River built to withstand debris impact, floodwater current

Photo of the completed Slope Protection Structure along Suage River that aims to ensure the safety of the residents and reduce the damages of floodwaters in Pototan, Iloilo. (Photo courtesy by Iloilo 2nd DEO)

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Iloilo 2nd District Engineering has completed the construction of a slope protection structure along Suage River in Pototan, Iloilo.

The P39.1-million project, measuring 300 lineal meters, includes revetment walls supported by steel sheet piles.

Citing a report from District Engineer Sanny Boy O. Oropel, DPWH Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno said that the structure aims to ensure people’s safety and reduce the risk of floodwater damage in adjacent Barangays, particularly during heavy rains.

“Since Pototan is geographically located near the banks of the Suage River, this slope protection is a big relief to the Pototanons as it will reduce the risk of floodwater damage during heavy rains, as well as the risk of soil erosion, which can cause harm to residential and agricultural areas,” RD Bueno said.

“Furthermore, it is designed to protect coastal and river-bank areas from debris and floodwater currents, particularly during rainy seasons or typhoons.”

In addition, Engr. Bueno also emphasized the importance of the said flood control project as he continues to foresee more projects in the region that can benefit the Filipino people.

“This flood control project in Pototan is one of the most significant projects we built in Iloilo. We at DPWH will continue to serve the Filipino people by providing quality infrastructure and facilities that are responsive to people’s needs in pursuit of national development objectives.” (DPWH-6)