COTABATO CITY: Local officials and members of the Mindanao River Basin-Technical Working Group (MRB-TWG) are hastening the implementation of six additional flood control projects worth P6.9 billion to put an end to perennial flooding in three southern regions.
The six projects are the channel modification of the Ambal-Simuay River; the dredging of the Rio Grande de Mindanao; dredging and dike construction along the Tunggol River and the expansion of Tunggol Bridge; and the construction of revetments or sloping structures used in erosion control along the Ala, Buluan, and Tamontaka Rivers.
“The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) central office has prioritized these projects and the work is expected to be completed by the end of the year,” said Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairperson Luwalhati Antonino.
Present in the June 1 meeting were representatives of the DPWH of Regions X, XII and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Regional Planning Development Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr., ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Alamia, and Ching Ayupan, who represented Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, also attended the meeting.
DPWH-ARMM Secretary Emil Sadain, concurrent national DPWH assistant secretary, said these measures would benefit the provinces of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, and the cities of Cotabato, Korondal and Tacurong.
Currently, there are seven ongoing projects in the area. These are the P39.89-million River Bank Protection Project along the Cotabato-GenSan Road in Tamontaka, Cotabato City which will end in June 2014; the P174.19-million Simuay Flood Control Project in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, which will be completed by the end of 2014; the P46-million Ala River Flood Control Project in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, which will be finished by July 2014; the P50-million and P74.5-million Libungan Flood Control Projects Phase III both in Libungan, Cotabato, which are expected to be completed in August and October 2014, respectively; the P72.5-million Carmen River Bank Protection with Revetment Flood Control Project in Lumayong, Carmen, Cotabato to be completed in November 2014; and the P15.2-million University of Southern Mindanao Flood Control Project Phase I in Kabacan, Cotabato.