Residents in the low-lying barangays of Macrohon, Southern Leyte are now less susceptible to flooding with the construction of a flood mitigation structure by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that DPWH Southern Leyte District Engineering Office has completed a 425-meter flood control project aimed to mitigate overflowing along Amparo River, directly benefiting Barangays Amparo and Mabini .
“With the completion of this project, the two (2) barangays of Amparo and Mabini are now less vulnerable to flooding. These barangays have suffered extreme flooding during strong typhoons Ruping in 1990 and Basyang in 2010,” said Secretary Villar.
According to Southern Leyte District Engineer Manolo Rojas, the newly-completed project involved construction of stone masonry on steel sheet piles funded with a total of P50-million.
Other than preventing flooding that damages properties, the structure is also seen to protect against scouring or erosion along riverbanks of Macrohon.