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PIA Press Release
2008/07/23

PGMA orders creation of task force on flood control in Mindanao Basin

Manila (23 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the creation of a task force that will study the rehabilitation of the Mindanao Basin.

"I will issue an executive order creating the task force that will undertake the study on the rehabilitation of the river basin," the President said.

The President issued the order during the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Cabinet Meeting and the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) after she was informed by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officials that many residents in the region were displaced by typhoon Frank which caused massive flooding around the river basin.

The Task Force will be headed by the ARMM governor, with the Chief PNP of Region 12 as co-chair.

The President said the rehabilitation study should include a comprehensive anti-flooding plan. The Rio Grande de Mindanao, the second longest river in the country, passes through several provinces in Central Mindanao.

The task of the special body is enormous as it will "study and identify the long and short term intervention for the Mindanao River Basin" that will include even infrastructure such as buildings, hospitals and school buildings.

The task force will also study the feasibility of constructing a P7-billion embankment dike.

The heavy siltation of the Rio Grande de Mindanao River caused massive floodings in Cotabato City and Shariff Kabunsuan province during the onslaught of typhoon Frank.

About six hectares of the river basin was covered with water lilies or hyacinths.

With billions worth of agricultural crops damaged, the President ordered the Department of Agriculture (DA) to make the necessary interventions and to make sure that rice production will not be adversely affected. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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