Nature puts a stop to dredging activities-A A +A
Thursday, September 20, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- “Nature makes it way,” was how the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) described the turnaround of events involving the dredging activities along the Talba Section in Bacolor town.
Engineer Noli Pangan said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was supposed to dredge a remaining 700 meters of the river channel after finishing the first half of the 1.4-kilometer target.
“Kusang itinulak ng malakas na agos yung natitirang sediment kaya tuluyan ng nagbukas yung diversion channel na ating tinatrabaho (The diversion channel opened freely due to strong current that washed away the remaining sediments),” Pangan told Sun.Star Pampanga.
The Provincial, Municipal Government and the DPWH had joined forces to facilitate the speedy dredging activity along Gugu River all the way to San Francisco River in Minalin town.
The activity was implemented to temporarily solve the flooding problem in some areas in this city and other neighboring towns in the southern portions.
The San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike tail dike was damaged at the height of torrential rains on August 7, leading to massive flooding.
Governor Lilia Pineda pushed for the dredging activity while waiting for the approval of the budget by the National Government.
“Naisara na rin yung bahagi ng river channel na pinapasukan ng tubig papunta sa bayan ng Sto. Tomas. Hindi na sila basta babahain ngayon (The portion where the water enters all the way to Sto. Tomas was already closed),” Pangan said.
The diversion of water to its original channel will allow the DPWH to repair some 80 meters of the breached portion of the tail dike.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 21, 2012.