Technical personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways – Western Visayas Region including representatives from its 15 District Engineering Offices participated in a seminar on Flood Control Mitigation highlighted by discussion on application of new engineering concepts.
A collaborative undertaking of DPWH Regional Office 6 and Unified Project Management Office (UPMO), the one (1) day seminar held recently at DPWH Regional Office 6 provided the participants with deeper technical engineering ideas that may be adopted to flood control projects in Panay, Negros and Guimaras Islands.
The engineer participants were taught on advanced construction methods and technology for flood control projects as shared by representatives from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and DPWH UPMO.
Mr. Kamioka Ryo of Japan’s construction solutions company Giken discussed the Silent Piling Technology or the ‘press-in’ technique as a dynamic method for the installation of steel tubular or sheet piles.
Mr. Ito Masaaki of Ishigaki Company Ltd. made a presentation on “pump-gate”, another urban drainage improvement facility that integrates pump and gate to prevent water inundation damage followed by Mr. Ishikawa Takufumi of Nippon Steel and Sumikin Metal Products discussing the construction materials for disaster risk reduction such as steel piles with high forming accuracy and uniformity.
Engr. Jerry A. Fano, Officer-in-Charge for Project Impact Analysis and Evaluation of the DPWH UPMO Flood Management Cluster gave an overview of different flooding scenario in the Philippines and the Department’s efforts to mitigate this situation in the country.