P40-million flood control structure completed in Leyte

Thursday, November 14, 2019

A new flood control structure intended to protect residents of Alangalang, Leyte from flooding was completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Secretary Mark A. Villar said that a total of P40.95 Million was allocated under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the construction of the new 168-meter riprap and revetment wall in Barangay Salvacion in the town of Alangalang, Leyte.

“Since the municipality has a high susceptibility to flooding, the five-meter-high flood control wall was built to protect lives and properties by containing the waters which may rise to minimal levels during extreme weather events,” explained Secretary Villar.

According to DPWH Region 8 Director Nerie D. Bueno, the project involved construction of a retaining wall and box culvert implemented by DPWH Leyte First District Engineering Office (DEO) from May to October 2019.

In the past, a number of families from Barangay Salvacion and neighboring barangays had to be evacuated following the heavy flooding in eight (8) towns in Leyte province triggered by Tropical Depression Agaton in 2018.