ILOILO FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE – DPWH
Flood damage and inundation will soon be mitigated in Iloilo City as the construction of the Iloilo Flood Control project in Western Visayas Region is now substantially complete ahead of anticipated schedule. Project Director Patrick B. Gatan reported to Secretary Rogelio L. Singson that the DPWH Major Flood Control Project has already accomplished 96.31% as against target accomplishment of 95.70% for the construction of Jaro Floodway & Improvement of Tigum and Aganan Rivers in Iloilo City. Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the PMO-operation said the project costing P 2.22 billion started in April 2006 and is scheduled to be completed by the last working day of 2011. “The project which is mainly composed of river improvement and construction of floodways aims to create more sustainable urban community and provide safer, more pleasant living condition for people in the urban area of Iloilo City,” Gatan added. It involves the construction of Jaro Floodway, improvement of Tigum River, improvement of Aganan River, and construction of six (6) bridges. Two floodways, Jaro Floodway and La Paz Floodway are employed to divert the excess flood discharge of Jaro River towards the Iloilo Strait. Ongoing works include the construction of Pagsangaan Bridge in Pavia, revetment works at Tigum River (Tigum River Improvement); construction of Anilao Bridge in Pavia, revetment works at Brgy. Amparo, Pavia (Aganan River Improvement); and dike embankment at Brgy Hinactacan, Lapaz. Works earlier completed is the improvement of Iloilo River that includes construction of New Carpenter’s Bridge, restoration of Old Carpenter’s Bridge, construction of Iloilo Road Dike at Carpenter’s Bridge to Diversion Road and at Forbes Bridge to Nabitasan Lapaz. Also finished is the Improvement of Upper Ingore Creek including the construction of stone masonry at Diversion Channel, RC-U Channel at City Homes Village in Lapaz and in Jaro; and improvement of Jaro River mouth’s slope protection at Brgy. Ticud Lapaz. The Philippine Government and the Government of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly financed the project. DPWH got the services of CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd. together with Woodfields Consultants and Basic Technology and Management Corporation to provide consulting assistance and Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Company Inc. as contractor.