River dredging on as rainy season comes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 May 2016 13:36

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

On orders of Mayor Beng Climaco, dredging operations and clearing of illegal structures in river channels along the Mampang-Tugbungan-Boalan and Zambowood area continue without let-up, as the city prepares for the onset of the rainy season.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said P10 million has been allocated for the purpose with almost 2-km stretch of the river channel covered as of today. The first phase of the project started February 2015 and ended August 2015 with a total length of 800 meters, with 2 illegal fishponds demolished and 400,000 cubic meters of soil removed. The second phase of the project began February 2016, to include demolition of 2 remaining illegally constructed fishponds and to desiltation of riverbeds leading to the Barigon river bridge in Tugbungan.

The project will impact on the lives of some 10,000 residents who will enjoy safe navigation and safety from possible river flooding.

Palacat said dredging/desiltation and clearing operations will be expanded to other rivers such as those located inTumaga, Manicahan and Quiniput based on a proposal he is set to submit to the mayor.

The ongoing dredging activity is augmented by the cash for work program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) involving drought-stricken farmers who undertake dredging/ desiltation of rivers, irrigation canals and dams in all parts of the city.

After the DSWD-initiated Cash for Work program for 3,000 farmers in the city, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is also set to come in with its own program benefitting 800 farmers also affected by the dry spell. The program is facilitated by the City Agriculturist Office.  — Sheila Covarrubias