Government to build retarding basin in Cavite to address flooding-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that his administration is planning to construct a retarding basin in Cavite to address the perennial flooding in the province.
The Chief Executive announced this when he led the distribution of relief goods to the families displaced by southwest monsoon rain and tropical storm "Maring" in Cavite.
"(W)e're coming up with a solution, which will greatly help to prevent flooding. There is a private land, and we will construct what we call as a retarding basin," he said, adding that about 50 hectares of land will be needed for the project, which is expected to be completed in one to one-and-a-half years.
He said the government is now negotiating for the purchase of land.
In his brief message, particularly to the evacuees at the Tinabunan Elementary School in Imus, Aquino said the purpose of his visit was to check on the status of relief operations and ensure the people that the government is doing everything to help the victims.
The President distributed the food packs containing rice, bread, noodles, coffee and a variety of canned goods to some 178 families from Barangays Pag-asa 1, 2 and 3 Tuclong 2B and Medicion.
Joining the President were Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Transportation Secretary Jose Abaya and Cavite local officials. (SDR/Sunnex)