MAASIN CITY, May 6 (PIA) -- Work on a flood control structure in Brgy. Patong, Hinunangan town has shown swift progress since it began February 18 this year, having attained a 31 percent accomplishment, the Department of Public Works and Highways - Southern Leyte District Engineering Office said in a press statement.

“The project’s program of work includes construction of 340-linear meter gabion revetment with reinforced concrete apron and facing including gabion toe protection,” the DPWH-SLDEO report said, adding that the flood mitigation project has a funding of P47.79 million.

Ongoing work on site covered structure excavation, installation of gabions and concrete apron, and construction of riprap encased with stone masonry, with target completion by September 13, 2021.

According to the report, District Engineer Manolo Rojas steered the government’s construction agency to expedite construction of embankments along riverbanks and coastlines in critical sections and populated villages.

“The construction of flood control is always included in our priority development projects,” DE Rojas said.

He added, “We believe it is the permanent solution to safeguard the lives and properties of the residents living near rivers and other flood-prone areas”

Flood control structures not only prevent flooding in the river’s adjacent areas but also protect against scouring or erosion along riverbanks, the DPWH-SLDEO report further stated. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)