Senator nixes additional flood control projects in Panay-A A +A
Saturday, December 29, 2012
SENATOR Franklin Drilon, pointing out the necessity to conserve water as natural resources of Panay Island, particularly in Iloilo, said there is a need to conserve and manage water resources for irrigation purposes.
Drilon said enough supply of fresh water supply from the mountains of Panay may catapult, once again, Iloilo as the top rice producer in the country.
In a public hearing and assessment of Typhoon Quinta on Saturday held at the penthouse of new Iloilo City Hall, Drilon said water from the mountains of Panay is being thrown to the sea by passing through the flood control project.
In the meantime, the Iloilo existing floodway is enough to do this work of diverting the floodwaters to the sea and there is no need yet for another floodway project.
Drilon said the soon to be constructed P11-billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) is expected to deliver additional 35,000 cubic meters of bulk water per day aside from its major purpose for irrigation of additional lands for rice production.
JRMP will also deliver some 10 megawatts (MW) of power to augment the existing power supply of Iloilo, he said.
Meanwhile, Engineer Al Fruto, chief of DPWH regional planning department, said the Iloilo flood control project was able to save the city from the rampaging flashflood brought by Quinta.
Heavy rains also affected the Tigum and Aganan rivers, major source of water passing the floodway but the water was immediately put out to the sea along the Lapaz-Jaro outlet, Fruto said.
The Jalaur River and its connecting Suague River were swollen that destroyed 1,272 houses and damaged 2,791 houses along its river path passing more than 15 towns in central and northern towns of Iloilo.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said 12 died and five went missing are recorded with two deaths in Aklan, two in Capiz and eight in Iloilo. The region also posted 1,279 houses that were destroyed and 2,826 houses were damaged.