DPWH pushes for comprehensive flood control program in Central Luzon

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working on the development of a design plan to curb flooding in Pampanga and Bulacan.

The agency commissioned planning and engineering consulting firm Woodfields Consultants Inc. to undertake formulation of a comprehensive, effective and efficient plan for the Pampanga River Basin in Central Luzon, which is among the areas most frequently affected by flooding.

In his meeting with Woodfields consultants, DPWH Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain emphasized the need to come up with one whole plan for Central Luzon – Pampanga River Floodway Flood Control Project with retarding swamp in San Antonio Swamp and the Pampanga Delta Development Program Phase 2. 

Widening of river channels and construction of viaduct, dikes, revetment works, cut-off channel, control weirs, floodgates and sluicegates are proposed engineering interventions to mitigate and prevent flood damages brought about by the incursion of river waters to communities. 

“The project components of the proposed flood control plan with design consideration of 100-year flood return period will capture the entire flood mitigation for Central Luzon from Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Bulacan,” Sadain added. 

Situated in Central Luzon, the Pampanga River Basin from the mouth of Manila Bay traverses the provinces of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Bulacan.

Other major river networks connected to Pampanga River Basin include Talavera River, Rio Chico River, Pantabangan River, Colonel River, Peñaranda River, Sacobia River, San Miguel River and Angat River. (CLJD-PIA 3)