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PIA Press Release
2006/10/04

NDCC to fund Subangdaku River re-channeling

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (4 October) -- The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) is going to finance the re-channeling of Subangdaku river in Sogod in the amount of P 140 Million.

This was announced by Gov. Rosette Lerias during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at her office Monday, October 2.

Work on the project would have to be coordinated with the DPWH for the construction of solid structures stretching along the length of the wide river, said Gov. Lerias.

She noted that if plain scrapping of the river bedís water way was done without the accompanying engineering structures built, then in times of flash floods the sheer strength of the turbulent, on-rushing river flow would wash out the mound in the raging riverís path.

However, the resulting flood control system to be installed to enhance the re-channeling process cannot be likened to the one in Ormoc due to limited funds, the Governor also said.

The NDCC-granted amount would not suffice for a full-scale re-channeling of the entire long river from its source to the sea, it was learned.

It was also learned that the provincial government would be the one to undertake the project, while the DPWH would provide the needed technical support.

Subangdaku river has been known to meander along its course, ever changing its way over time.

Environmentalists blamed the constant commercial quarrying of sand and gravel on its dry, open banks in fine weather as the cause of its destructive force during stormy days.

But government authorities maintained that proper, periodic re-channeling techniques were necessary to guide the riverís smooth flow in bad weather and keep it from overflowing, even as responsible and closely-monitored quarrying in the area existed. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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