The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed 96 structural and non-structural flood-mitigating projects for National Capital Region (NCR), Regions 3 and 4A, amounting to P4.9 billion.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the completed projects are part of the P5-billion Priority High-Impact Flood Control Projects for Metro Manila and its neighboring regions in the Flood Management Master Plan.
Among the 96 completed projects are the 46 contracts for Valenzuela-Obando-Meycauayan (VOM) Project which is composed of construction and improvement of flood control and river walls, desilting, and installation of pumping stations. It also includes the 16 projects completed for Kalookan-Malabon-Navitas Area Project Phase 1 composed of the rehabilitation of Catmon Creek, riverwall along Malabon-Tullahan River and construction of pumpings stations and flood gates.
Two (2) contracts involving the strengthening and restoration of seawall of Roxas Boulevard were also completed under Manila Bay Seawall Project while six (6) concrete slope protection, parapet and gravity wall projects along Nangka River were finished under the Department’s Upper Marikina River Improvement Project.
Construction of eleven (11) new slope protection, spillway, and river control structures were likewise completed under East Side of Manggahan Floodway Project, Mitigation Measures for Breaches in the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike, and DPWH-Laguna Lakeshore Development Authority Flood Control and River Protection Project.
In addition, four (4) rehabilitation and restoration projects were finished for San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike and Del Carmen-Balimbing creek in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Several dredging activities that are part of the flood control plan were also completed covering the Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway in NCR, the Labangan Channel, Hagonoy Bulacan and Orani Channel, in Region 3.
Under the Flood Management Master Plan composed of 11 multi-year projects with estimated cost of P351 billion for long-term structural mitigation measures, nine (9) are on-going which includes San Juan River improvement and the Pasig Marikina River Improvement Project Phase III. Two (2) other major on-going projects include the 3.3 kilometer Blumentritt Box Culvert which is expected to be completed on the first quarter of 2016 and the Maysilo Box Culvert which is expected to be completed on the second quarter of 2016.