Completed Dike Ensures Safety of Locals in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Residents of Barangay Sacol in the town of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte are now protected from river overflow with the completion of a slope protection structure by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“The new riverbank slope protection was constructed to effectively channel the flow of water to the proper outlet and protect nearby residents from river flooding in times of harsh weather conditions,” said DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado, citing reports from DPWH Region 13 Director Pol M. delos Santos.

Situated along the coast, the municipality of Buenavista had long suffered from threats of storm surge. During typhoons and heavy rains, the nearby Sacol Bridge would be submerged and locals would only be able to cross by holding on to a tied rope.

Aside from ensuring the safety and peace of mind of Barangay Sacol residents, the structure now helps protect the bridge from scouring due to strong river currents.

The project has a length of 347.6 meters upstream and 324.5 meters downstream, and was built in the amount of ₱89.1 million.

The Sacol Riverbank Slope Protection project was implemented by DPWH Agusan del Norte District Engineering Office.