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DPWH: P455-M Camiguin flood control project inaugurated

January 23, 2012 8:40am

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A P455-million flood control project, constructed with the help of the Japanese government, was inaugurated in Camiguin this month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
In  a news release posted on the DPWH website, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines Chief Representative Takahiro Sasaki led the inauguration of the project.

The project was implemented by the DPWH Major Flood Control Project II–Project Management Office together with DPWH Region 10 Office. It was funded under the Japanese government through the JICA.
The project involved the construction of two Sabo Dam across Pontod River and the reconstruction of the old Hubangon Bridge heavily damaged by typhoon Nanang in 2001.
Part of the project included the warning system and community disaster preparedness component.
"The Sabo Dams aim to prevent the occurrence of debris flows that could cause extensive damage in the downstream area and at the same time stabilize the riverbed and mountain slopes to minimize further sediment production in the upstream area," the DPWH said.
It added the new Hubangon Bridge will restore good traffic condition since the bridge is the only route connecting Guinsiliban Port and the provincial capitol of Mambajao.
"The completed structures will improve the living condition in the hazard-prone area and likewise improve the economy and tourism in the entire province of Camiguin," it said.
“We thank the Japanese government through JICA for their help in putting up these two SABO dams including the reconstruction of the Hubangon Bridge in Barangay Hubangon, Mahinog, Camiguin. Since the construction of the dams, the island doesn’t suffer flash floods anymore. The DPWH is optimistic that we will duplicate such kind of projects in areas that were greatly affected by the recent [tropical storm] Sendong like Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City,” said Singson.
On the other hand, Sasaki assured the Japanese government is always open in extending help to the Philippines especially in the development of infrastructure.
Those present during the inauguration were DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, Region 10 Director Norma Gironella, Flood Control Project Director Rogelio Ang, Rep. Pedro Romualdo, Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, Mahinog Mayor Alex Jajalla, Japan Embassy Minister of Economic Affairs Akio Esomata, JICA dignitaries, representatives of the contractor Toyo Construction, and other DPWH and local government unit officials. - VVP, GMA News
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Tags: Camiguin