Multi-billion-peso flood control projects underway for Caviteños

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Unified Project Management Office now has two (2) ongoing mega flood-control projects costing approximately P8.87 Billion in the Province of Cavite.

In his report to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, DPWH UPMO-Flood Control Management Cluster Office Director Patrick Gatan said that the Cavite Industrial Area Flood Risk Management Project (CIA-FRIMP) costing JPY15.928 Billion or roughly P7.4 Billion recently commenced in the eastern part of Cavite.

“The now ongoing CIA-FRIMP will be implemented within nine (9) municipalities of Cavite namely: Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario, General Trias, Imus City,” said Director Gatan.

“We will be working along the 146.8 kilometers of the province’s San Juan River Basin and the 4.7 kilometers of Maalimango Drainage Area. Imus City, Noveleta, Rosario, Kawit, and General Trias will be the major beneficiaries of these main components,” said Director Gatan.

The project has five (5) structural packages covering upper and lower San Juan Diversion Channel and Maalimango Diversion 1, bridge of diversion road, diversion weir under Package 1; Rio Grande River and Ylang-Ylang River improvement under Package 2 and 3 respectively; Maalimango Creek improvement, construction of Maalimango Diversion 2, and sluice gates; and resettlement site development.

Non-structural measures of CIA-FRIMP will involve waterways cleanup, river area and flood control area management, enactment of ordinance for on-site flood regulation pond, and development of flood forecasting and monitoring system for flood warning and evacuation.

Another ongoing flood-control project of UPMO-FCMC in Cavite involves the construction of two (2) retarding basins in the cities of Bacoor and Imus. The P1.47-Billion project which started August 2016 is now 23 percent completed.

When completed, Imus Retarding Basin will have a 118-meter in length overflow dike, 1.3 kilometer of surrounding dike, 1.1 kilometer of separating dike, standing an average of three (3) meters in height. DPWH will be excavating approximately 2 million cubic meters of soil to unearth seven (7) meters in depth in the a 35-hectare land area.

For Bacoor Retarding Basin, DPWH will excavate 250,000 cubic meters of soil to dig the seven (7) meters in depth within a 9.2 hectares of land and construct 30 meters of overflow dike, 1.06 kilometer of surrounding dike, and 590 meters of separating dike, standing an average of 1 meter.