CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of two flood control structures along the Penaranda River that could protect residents in nearby towns of General Tinio and San Leonardo in Nueva Ecija province.
DPWH Regional Director Roseller Tolentino said Wednesday that Barangay Rio Chico in General Tinio and Barangay San Roque in San Leonardo are the recipient communities of the newly-built structures with a total length of 237.6 lineal meters.
Tolentino cited the importance of providing General Tinio and San Leonardo with revetment along the sections of Penaranda River as both towns rely on farming rice, corn, and other vegetable produce.
"The flood control structures are expected to reduce the threat of flooding in low-lying areas caused by the tendency of the river to overflow especially as the typhoon season has already begun," he said in social media post.
Lorenzo Jimenez, a vegetable farmer in Barangay San Roque, San Leonardo, said that before the flood control structure was completed, the rainy season brings them low yield from crops due to soil erosion caused by the excess water from the river.
"Dati po nung 'di pa po nagagawa ang aming flood control dito ay ubod po ng hirap ang sitwasyon namin. Ang aming mga gulayan ay talagang inaahon ng tubig. Ngayon po dahil po sa flood control ay napakalaking tulong, kung umakyat man po ang tubig sandali lang (Before when there is no flood control here, our situation was very difficult. Our vegetable farms were submerged by floodwater. The flood control is a big help. In case the water level rises, it would subside immediately)," Jimenez said.
The project was implemented by DPWH Nueva Ecija 2nd District Engineering Office and was completed months ahead of completion dates for the General Tinio flood control structure and the San Leonardo flood control structure.
The construction of the flood control structures amounted to PHP38.8 million with funding sourced from the General Appropriations Act of 2022. (PNA)