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DPWH bares flood control projects for 12 river systems, 12 more under study


Department of Public Works and Highways

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from its flood control master plan for Metro Manila and outlying provinces, the Department of Public Works and Highways has completed similar plans for effective and comprehensive flood management of 12 of the  56 river systems throughout the country that are on DPWH’s priority list.

In a copy of a DPWH report furnished the Inquirer, the agency’s Project Management Office for Major Flood Control Projects disclosed that feasibility studies are ongoing for 12 other river basins.

There are 421 major river basins all over the country, according to the DPWH.

The government has allocated at least P4.91 billion in the next two years for the construction of water impounding and other flood control structures in the 56 priority river basins.

The completed master plans cover the following river basins (with their respective budget allocations): Amburayan in Region 1 and Cordillera Administration Region, P37.6 million; Agos in Region 4-A, P19.3 million; Balete in Region 4-B, P12.7 million; Yawa-Basud-Quirangay in Region 5, P9.68 million; Aklan in Region 6, P28.4 million; Guinabasan in Region 7, P9.23 million; Dungcaan in Region 8, P9.52 million; Tumaga in Region 9, P12.3 million; Lipadas in Region 11, P6.54 million; Silway-Popong-Sinaual in Region 12; Lake Maitum-Tubay in Region 13, P251 million; and Cagayan del Oro, P6.7 million.

River basins with ongoing feasibility studies: Bauang in Region 1 and CAR, P14.7 million; Pamplona, Region 2 and CAR, P27.8 million; Sta. Rita-Kalaklan in Region 3, P8.53 million; Caguray in Region 4-B, P44.4 million; Bago in Region 6, P42.03 million; Daguitan Marabong in Region 8, P12.7 million; Sibugay in Region 9, P113.8 million; Iponan in Region 10, P12.8 million; and Buayan-Malungun in Regions 11 and 12, P24.5 million.

Three other river basins — Tandag in Surigao del Sur and Amnay and Mag-asawang Tubig in Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro, respectively — are also undergoing feasibility studies. However, the DPWH did not disclose their respective budget allocations.

Despite the absence of master plans, other major river basins were also allocated funds, the biggest of which were the Mindanao River Basin and Agno Upstream in Pangasinan, with allocations of P626.6 million and P295 million, respectively.

On the same list are the following river basins: Abra in Region 1 and CAR, P100.9 million; Patalan-Cayanga-Angalacan in Region 1 and CAR, P66.3 million; Sinocalan-Marosoy-Dagupan in Region 1 and CAR, P159.3 million; Abulug in Region 2 and CAR, P192.09 million; Nangalisan-Baggao-Pared in Region 2 and CAR, P648.7 million; Angat in Region 3, P42.8 million; Kabilugan-Velasco-Batu in Region 5, P410.1 million; Bago in Region 6, P42.03 million; Panay-Mambusao in Region 6,188.5 million; Jalaur in Region 6, P114.4 million; Davao in Region 11, P49 million; Upper Agusan in Region 11, P119.3 million; Tagum-Liboganon in Region 11, P103.6 million; Tuganay in Region 11, P126.8 million; and Tago in Region 13, P127.5 million, among others.

The DPWH master plan for flood management in Metro Manila and outlying provinces calls for at least P351.72 billion in infrastructure spending.

The plan covers a total of 11 infrastructure projects, including the construction of a large dam in Marikina that will cost P198.43 billion, according to Patrick Gatan, head of the DPWH PMO-MFCP.

“The construction of Marikina dam plus improvements on the Pasig and Marikina river embankments, as well as the West Laguna lakeshore landraising project, are considered very high priority projects of the department,” Gatan told the Inquirer.

Between 2011 and 2016, the DPWH plans to spend at least P83.9 billion on flood control projects, including the construction of river walls and revetments, dikes, mini dams, drainage mains, and flood gates, as well as waterway improvements.

Earlier, the DPWH completed at least 11 major flood control projects. Five of them were in Metro Manila: the Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure in 1983; Mangahan Floodway in 1988; Effective Flood Control and Warning System in 2002; West of Mangahan Flood Control in 2008; and Phase 2 of the Kalookan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela River Channel Improvement this year.

Finished projects outside the metropolis include Phases 1 and 2 of the Ormoc City Flood Mitigation Project in 2001; Phase 1 of the Pampanga Delta Development Project in 2002; Laoag River Basin in 2008; Agno River in 2010; Camiguin Island Flood Disaster Mitigation Project in 2011; and Phase 2 of the Iloilo Flood Control Project this year.

Some completed flood control projects were funded by international aid organizations like the Japan International Cooperation Agency. They include the Iloilo Flood Control Project 2, which had a budget of P230 million; the P241-million Mt. Pinatubo Hazard Mitigation Project and the P239-million Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project.

Aside from extreme rainfall, the other main causes of flooding in Metro Manila and other parts of the country are denuded watersheds, illegal logging, limited river channel capacity, inaccessible waterways, informal and illegal settlements, and indiscriminate dumping of wastes, according to DPWH.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Pampalubag loob sa mga nasalantahan na at sa mga masasalanta pa. 

    • kulittwit

       This is far better compared sa 10 years ni arroyo puro kurakot ang ginawa.

  • patriotic_act

    the best “flood control system” is not an “overnight project”.. it is a “long term goal”.. we have to accept the fact that we have to deal with our own mistakes and that means “adopting to our situation”..

    - Suspend the Right to Vote of Squatters
    - Criminalize littering on the streets, drainage systems and rivers

    after enforcing those 2 important laws we can start cleaning the esteros again.. and building new waterways and drainage systems..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

      Very good suggestions, I hope someone from our law makers will sponsor & enact these laws. 

      • patriotic_act

        yep, lets hope they will eventually..

  • JJF724

    Panawagan sa mga illigal luggers and settlers…  Magkusa na po sana kayong tumigil at yong mga basura po…  doon nyo na lang po itapon sa bakuran nang mga LGU’s officials para siguradong mapalinis nila.  Salamat po

  • execute

    CGEH LANG PAG ARALAN NYO MAGKANO MAKUKURAKOT NYO…d nmn kailangan ng ganyan k raming river system at budget….BASURA – yan ang ugat kung bakit kunting ulan baha agaD…. bakit d nyo nlng pagtounan ng pansin ang paglipat sa mga squatterS at ibalik sa kani kanilang mga probinsya?….sa totoo lng PERWESYO yan cla eh…hindi n nga nagbabayad ng buwis pahirap p sa gobyerno pagdating ng sakuna…illegal n gumagamit ng koneksyon ng koryente at ano p tuloy sinasalo ng mga legal n consumer ang dpat nilang binabayaran…hay nku…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RY3IHL767XHOFXGJVYRLX2XC6Y Eric

    Ipatupad lang ang batas para ma-minimized yung epekto ng monsoon at typhoon rains.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    daming study…………….. hahahaha tangnang yellow govt eto

  • New_Gen

    Sa sobrang dami nyan kailangan systematic tayo dyan otherwise ang aatupagin lang ng mga kawani ay mag bilang ng pundo kaya ito instead na flood control eh pocket and luxury car control dito control doon ang nangyari. Ipakita nyo ang na epektibo ang ginagawa nyong flood control. At wag na yang mga luxurious things na yan. Maging world class naman ang ipakita nyong performance.

  • raymond

    nothing new my friends…nothing new…there is no project in here that is considered as a game changer …what we have are money changers…

  • kismaytami

    Kailangan talagang pag-aralan ng DPWH kung paano nila kukupitin, itatago, at gagastahin ang bilyun-bilyong pisong pondo para sa mga proyekto. Maraming bank accounts na naman ang mago-open nito.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YSSHANITUKNHSYCHNH4UDGS2EU Joey Pogi

    Parang wala ata akong nakikitang “REFORESTATION PROJECT” ng gobyerno. Nakalimutan na ata natin na isa ito sa mga pinaka-sanhi ng pagbabaha. 

  • Cal_Reznick

    Finally!!! The Administration cancelled all the flood control projects after Ondoy and only now revealing the new flood control projects?? Horrible timing!!

    I’m glad they finally got some now but did it have to take a devastating calamity for them to act? Actually 2 devastating calamity?? I’m sure the President was around during Ondoy so he’d have to know the importance of flood control systems.

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