• P55-million flood control projects in Bataan bared

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    PILAR, Bataan: Four flood control and a rechanneling projects worth P55 million will soon be implemented in this town, Mayor Alice Pizarro announced on Thursday

    The projects involve the widening and riprapping of a dike in Barangay Panilao down to the Talisay River that separates Pilar from Balanga City. Riprapping refers to the act of throwing rocks or broken stones in the water to serve as a wall or foundation.

    Funded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the projects will be supervised by the Department of Public Works and Highways and will be implemented in flood-prone areas in Pilar, including Barangays Nagwaling, Panilao, and Alauli, and portions of Poblacion and Del Rosario.

    Pizarro earlier rode a helicopter to get aerial photos of the flood-prone areas.

    In preparation for the rainy season, she asked the municipal disaster risk reduction management office headed by Engineer Hazel de Guzman to conduct a risk ownership seminar—the first to be held in Bataan—to help identify affected areas and residents.

    Pizarro also organized three rescue teams in Pilar composed of members of the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and other volunteers.

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