Abra weaving community to benefit from new river dike

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A new flood control structure aimed to protect residents and local weavers from overflowing of Abra River during rainy season has been completed in La Paz, Abra.

Based on a report by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Abra District Engineer Joselito T. Arao, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that the Bulbulala Flood Control Project is now ready to serve as barrier to mitigate flood risk in Barangay Bulbulala.

A 398-meter revetment wall made of steel sheet piles was built along the riverbank, with a total cost of P47-million funded under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Villar commended DPWH Abra DEO for the on-time completion of the project with only four (4) months of construction from August 2019 to January 2020.

“The newly-completed river dike is just one of the infrastructure projects in La Paz aimed to open opportunities for economic development for the traditional loom weaving industry,” said Secretary Villar.

La Paz, particularly Barangay Bulbulala, is known for producing traditional woven fabrics known as Abel, which are hand-made by local weavers.