The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allotted P98 million to build a flood control structure along the Binahaan River in the municipality of Dagami in Leyte.
Public Works Secretary Roger G. Mercado said the project “involves the construction of 5-meter tall gabion walls measuring 350 lineal meters downstream and 366 lineal meters upstream of Binahaan River.”
“The gabion walls and drainage system will prevent overflow from entering residential areas, help reduce erosion and scouring on river banks due to high-velocity river streams, and avoid further damage to water-logged areas,” added DPWH Region 8 Director Allan S. Borromeo.
The project, funded through the 2022 general appropriations, is expected to benefit the residents of Barangay Balilit and other nearby communities.
“Aside from ensuring the stability of terrain along the riverbanks, the flood walls are placed to prevent possible loss of lives and destruction to properties, especially in the occurrence of flash floods,” said Borromeo.