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Flood control project implementation consistent, say Iloilo officials

Iloilo (25 February) -- The Project Management Office (PMO) of the Iloilo Flood Control Project (IFCP) said the day-to-day work in project-affected barangays is consistent and in place despite some perceptions of people that some civil works have stopped.

In a meeting with the members of the Information Management Group (IMG), Project In-Charge Engr. Al Fruto said work has been going on and the concerns which are now being addressed in some areas in Iloilo City do not necessarily affect the steady implementation of the project.

In a project status report as of February 20, Contract Package I which involves the construction of Jaro Floodway and Improvement of Tigum-Aganan Rivers, has an actual accomplishment of 85.03 percent, under a revised project duration of 1,560 calendar days with 1,047 calendar days consumed.

The major activities being undertaken include concrete pouring for the last segment of Hydraulic Drop in Buhang area, construction of floodway dike embankment in Tacas-Buhang-Balabago-Bitoon areas, floodway excavation and river channel excavation and other related tasks.

Package I is contracted by the Hanjin Heavy Industries, Inc. with a contracted amount of P1,580, 361,689.33 on its second revision.

Meanwhile, Package 2 which is contracted by the China International Water and Electric Corp, operating on a budget of P1,061,208, 472.47 on its fourth revision, involves the improvement of Iloilo River, Improvement of Upper Ingore Creek and Improvement of both Banks of Jaro River Mouth.

As of February 20 also, the project has an actual accomplishment of 90.598 percent under revised project duration of 1,440 calendar days, with 1,081 calendar days elapsed.

Actual tasks going on in the areas include dike reshaping, construction of base and top concrete, partition walls along Jaro River, installation of bars and concreting along Upper Ingore Creek, hauling and spreading of compaction of sub-base materials along Iloilo River and removing of stockpiling of top soil for maintenance.

These civil works, Fruto said, are being coupled with on-going implementation of other components of the IFCP, like solid waste management trainings and river-related projects as well as the strengthening of the Operations and Maintenance aspect.

Fruto said, the operations and maintenance aspect is crucial at the period when the project is going towards completion, as they determine the acceptability and effectivity of the project.

"In our series of information and education activities with the affected communities, it is only now, after seeing the progress, that people realize that the IFCP is a broad, big, overwhelming project with lasting benefit," Fruto said. (PIA 6/ESS) [top]

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