DPWH Plans to Build New Community for Families Affected by Govt. Flood Control Project Draw Support from NHA

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will build a new master-planned community featuring more than five hundred housing units for families that will be directly affected by the flood mitigation works in the Cavite Economic Zone and other flagship infrastructure projects.

In his report to Secretary Roger G. Mercado, Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain said that the immediate construction of about 569 houses and subsequent relocation of Informal Settler Families (ISFs) to an 8-hectare proposed resettlement site in Noveleta will pave the way for the unimpeded implementation of the Cavite Industrial Area Flood Risk Management Project (CIA-FRIMP), a government flagship project to be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The flood mitigation project is located in the lowland area vulnerable to flooding but in a strategic position in terms of economic development at the eastern part of Cavite Province specifically the Cities of Imus and General Trias and the municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario.

Construction of housing units by DPWH has earned overwhelming support from the National Housing Authority (NHA) as the primary government agency in charge of providing housing for the underprivileged and homeless.

Undersecretary Sadain, in-charge of Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations, signed an agreement with NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada Jr. which will enable the DPWH to receive from NHA much needed technical assistance, support, and expert advice in the construction of resettlement housing units for the affected ISFs.

The signing of MOA on October 26, 2021 was witnessed by Project Director Ramon A. Arriola III of DPWH UPMO Flood Control Management Cluster and Regional Manager Romuel P. Alimboyao of NHA Region 4A.

The planned construction of resettlement site will include residential land development, road and drainage works, embankment and slope protection works, laying down of water supply pipelines and electric posts wiring, and other community facilities.

Prior to the construction of houses, the DPWH will prepare and/or update the right of way Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the project in accordance with guidelines for social and environmental consideration of JICA.

DPWH will be also responsible for acquiring the required parcels of land necessary to undertake the development of resettlement area with adequate social and physical infrastructures and basic services with community facilities, for all qualified project affected ISFs.

On the other hand, the NHA shall authorize/allow the DPWH to conduct the acquisition on the required parcels and undertake in coordination with the concerned Local Government Units (LGUs), the social preparation, and ISF qualification validation to abate the unscrupulous plans of enterprising groups entering spaces and subsequently demand for relocation sites.

The comprehensive flood mitigation projects for CIA-FRIMP constitute combinations of structural and non-structural measures for the San Juan River Basin, Rio Grande River, and Ylang-Ylang River and drainage improvement for the catchment area of the Maalimango Creek that will reduce the disaster and flood damage risks and also complements the recently completed Imus and Bacoor retarding basins. The two (2) reservoir projects at Barangay Buhay na Tubig and Barangay Anabu in Imus will contain floodwaters during a storm and reduce the peak volume of flood flow in low-lying part of Imus River and Bacoor River.

The procurement process for civil works contractor of CIA-FRIMP has started and actual construction works of relocation site and main flood control project is targeted to commence by first and second quarter of 2022, respectively.

The river improvements of Rio Grande River and Ylang-Ylang River are proposed with total 7 kilometer length while the proposed San Juan Diversion Channel as structural river flood mitigation project has a length of 2.44 kilometer and 75.5 meter width connecting the confluence of Ylang-Ylang River and Rio Grande to Manila Bay.