By CHENZI MAY D. UY
January 7, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District Engineering Office has completed second-phase construction of a flood control structure along Jibatang River in Barangay Capacuhan, Calbayog City, Samar.
The project covers the construction of a 240-meter concrete structure with slope protection consisting of hand-laid riprap and steel sheet piles. The structure was built on the riverbank along the Calbayog-Catarman Road, where it will serve as protection against flooding and soil erosion.
The P35-million project in Capacuhan was accomplished on October 28, ahead of its target completion date of November 8, 2019.
The importance of flood control projects is highlighted particularly around this time of the year, when stronger and more frequent typhoons enter the country. It can be recalled that, last December 2018, typhoon Usman flooded and ravaged the homes and properties of people residing near the rivers. Hence, DPWH is fast-tracking flood management projects to improve the disaster resiliency and safety of villages near river streams.