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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012

 

Construction of P210M flood control project in Cagayan underway

by Oliver T. Baccay

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 5, (PIA) -- Several flood control projects in four towns where the Cagayan River flows were already funded with P210 million and will start construction this year, said Cagayan 3rd district Congressman Randolph Ting in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

Ting said P90 million will go to the municipality of Enrile which is the most vulnerable to flood and erosion, P50 million to Iguig, P20 million to Amulung and P50 million to Tuao town.

He said the amount came from the calamity fund of the national government, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). These projects seek to address the perennial problem of Cagayanos-- erosion and destruction of agricultural products during disasters, and lost of lives and properties because the river was already heavily silted.

The flood control project in Iguig town was already started late last year and the other projects will be started early this year. This is also a preparation for the La Nina phenomenon when Cagayan River is expected to overflow again and cause erosion in riverbanks.

He further stated that he already sourced funding for the rehabilitation of the Lanna Elementary School in Enrile town which always become submerged in flood water.

“We were able to request P1 million from LPGMA party list Rep. Arnel Ty for the rehabilitation of the said school seeing the immediate rehabilitation for the benefit of the students who are studying in the said school,” Ting said.

The congressman also believes that the flood control project will not only save the riverbanks from further destruction but will also boost the agricultural production and the livelihoods of the Cagayanos.

He also said he will help rehabilitate schools as part of his priority projects. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)

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