Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) completed a flood mitigation project along Aguang River in Baler, Aurora.
The P92.84-million infrastructure was funded under the 2022 national budget.
DPWH Aurora District Engineer Roderick Andal said the project has a total length of 1,108 lineal meters.
It includes the construction of a concrete slope protection on a sheet pile foundation with two units of concrete ramps that can also be used by residents as an access road.
“This river wall, connected to existing revetment structures, diverts the flow of water that prevents the impact of flooding and scouring in the area where there are coconut plantations and a few houses,” Andal explained.
Floodwater rushing through the Aguang River into the Pacific Ocean poses a significant risk of eroding not only the crops but also the agricultural lands.
“In 2020, during Typhoon Ulysses, we witnessed how the river overflowed and adversely affected the nearby lands. That is why we made sure to continue fortifying the river banks to protect the lives and properties of our stakeholders,” he added.
The concrete slope protection supports Aurora’s efforts to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. (CLJD-PIA 3)