Residents of the agricultural municipality of Mankayan, Benguet are now less susceptible to flooding with the completion of the new flood mitigation project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
According to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, DPWH Benguet Second District Engineering Office (DEO) has constructed the Baguyos Flood Control structure ahead of its set completion on the last week of January 2020.
A 1.3-kilometer protection wall traversing the Municipality of Mankayan was constructed to protect residents from the overflowing of the Baguyos and Abra River.
The project also involves widening of the narrow sections of the river to increase capacity for water volume flow, with a total cost of P77.2-million funded under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
“For our part, DPWH will continue to build more flood control structures nationwide, especially on highly-susceptible areas, as a mitigation measure to protect citizens, properties, and livelihood,” said Secretary Villar.