San Fernando creates river management council

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando on Wednesday announced that it has created a River Management Council to oversee and monitor year-round vital waterways here.

Mayor Edwin Santiago, along with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Engineer Efren De Leon and volunteer flood czar Engineer Marni Castro, after an inspection of major water channels, rivers, creeks, tributaries and anti-flood infrastructure disclosed that the City Council, through public works committee chairman Councilor Noel Tulabut, has passed a resolution calling for the creation of the river management unit.

"The council is a regular unit composed of the engineering office, City Health Office and City Environment and Natural Resources Office. This will monitor and oversee the year-round implementation of anti-flooding interventions, solid waste management and health risks that are all interwined because of clogged or silted water ways," Santiago said.

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He said the council will use river and boat patrols and a soon to be purchased backhoe on barge in maintaining San Fernando's water channels. The city government has started desilting some 6.3 kilometers of the San Fernando River in an effort to reduce flooding.

"Through this, we hope to reduce flooding and put in place necessary interventions especially the rainy season has set in," added Santiago. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 12, 2014.

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