P2-B Cagayan flood project underway

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: A P2-billion flood control project will be implemented by the Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to address severe flooding in the province and save the Cagayan River from erosion.

Gov. Manuel Mamba said JICA and DPWH are completing work toward establishment of a Flood Risk Management Project (FRMP) for the Cagayan River.

Shuji Kaku of JICA, Young Jum Kwak of Hanjin and DPWH officials formally presented the project to Mamba showing the worsening situation at the Cagayan River caused by erosion along the river bank where Cagayan and Pinacanauan rivers meet, particularly during severe flooding submerging Turguegarao city.

“The river bank’s uncontrolled erosion is very alarming particularly at the eastern part of the famous Buntun Bridge which is also causing Cagayan River heavily silted creating small islets and redirecting the water flow eating up residential and agricultural areas,” Kaku said.

Meanwhile, Mamba has issued gratuitous permit for JICA and the DPWH for the embankment plan in connection with the Flood Risk Management Project.

There are least three JICA-sponsored Flood Risk Management Projects with P6.4 billion funding–Tagoloan River in Bukidnon, Imus River in Cavite and Cagayan River.

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