The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed three (3) flood mitigation projects along Talavera and Pampanga Rivers in the province of Nueva Ecija.
DPWH Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, citing reports from DPWH Regional Office 3 Director Roseller A. Tolentino, said that the DPWH Nueva Ecija First and Second District Engineering Offices (DEOs) have constructed a total of 1.03 kilometers of flood control structures in the towns of Talavera and San Fernando, respectively.
Completed by the DPWH Nueva Ecija First DEO along the portion of Talavera River that runs through Talavera town are the 183-meter flood control structure in Barangay Gomez and the 322-meter flood protective structure in Barangay Sta. Barbara.
The projects involved the construction of flood control made of concrete slope and steel sheet piles to augment the existing river walls previously built in the area and provide better protection for residents against threat of flooding during heavy rains.
According to DPWH Nueva Ecija First District Engineer Armando Z. Manabat, the completed flood control project in Barangay Sta. Barbara included the provision of spur dikes for additional protection against strong currents and to prevent riverbank erosion.
Meanwhile, DPWH Nueva Ecija Second District Engineer Elpidio Y. Trinidad reported the completion of a 520-meter flood control structure along the Pampanga River in Barangay San Anton in San Leonardo town.
District Engineer Trinidad said that the Barangay San Anton Flood Control structure is expected to increase the river’s discharge capacity which in turn will help reduce and prevent severe inland flooding usually caused by localized torrential rain.
With funding sourced from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2022, the flood control structures along Talavera River in Llanera town cost a total of P98 million to complete while P73.43 million was allotted to accomplish the flood control structure along Pampanga River in the municipality of San Leonardo.