Engineer’s office to repair damaged Tugbungan rip-rap PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 11:12

The City Engineering Office (CEO) is set to repair the rip-rap structure by the Tugbungan river after it sustained damages Tuesday, March 25.

On Tuesday morning, a portion of the rip-rap structure along the riverbank in Latero Drive, Tugbungan gave way resulting in a small landslide which destroyed three houses.

The total estimated cost of damage is pegged to be more or less P300,000.00.

No casualties were noted in the incident.

City Engineer Luis Despalo said CEO is preparing a proposal to facilitate the repair, and rehabilitation of the rip-rap structure. The damaged portion, Despalo said, will be filled and reinforced to prevent further destruction and collapse.

Despalo explained that a number of factors contributed to the weakening, and eventual collapse, of the rip-rap structure. These included the persistent dumping of drainage and other waste by houses and residences in the vicinity of the river, illegal quarrying of sand and other resources, and the series of heavy rainfall which hit the City in the past days.

Repairs will be initiated sometime during 2nd quarter of 2014, following approval of proposal, funding, and bidding process.

In the meantime, Despalo once again issued an appeal to residents to steer clear of riverbanks in order to avoid accidents and other untoward incidents. He further emphasized that houses should be built at least 3 meters away from the salvage zone. — Jasmine Mohammadsali