APALIT -- Mayor Peter Nucom of this town disclosed Friday, May 19, the measures being implemented by the local government regarding the breached portion of Arnedo Dike here.
Recently, residents of Barangay Cansinala in this town expressed their fear over the widening erosion of the riverbank which has been consuming almost half of the road.
The breach is now threatening about 25 families in the said village as well as motorists who are passing by the road on a regular basis.
Nucom said that the local government already installed sandbags and wood at the edge of the riverbank to prevent it from further wearing away as an immediate measure.
He added that several alternate routes along the dike road, including the farm-to-market road, were set long before the concern to avoid causing any injury or fatality.
The mayor added that he ordered the closure of the village road for four-wheeled vehicles.
“Pagkaupong-pagkaupo ko, pinuntahan ko na agad yan. Tinignan ko, pati yung mga alternate routes at okay naman. Kaya lang syempre yung tao mas gusto sa madali at malapit kaya gusto nilang dumadaan pa din dun (Upon my assumption to office, I immediately went there. I checked the dike including the alternate routes and they were all fine. But then, people will still prefer to use it because it’s easier and more accessible for people),” he stressed.
Moreover, Nucom said that the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council already inspected the area to create a damage report that will be submitted to the Provincial Government and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Central Luzon.
He stressed that sheet piles must be installed on the walls of the riverbank to prevent soil from wearing down.
“Hindi naman natin pwedeng pigilan yung pagguho, kalikasan yan e. Sumasalpok yung tubig sa riverbank kapag malakas ang alon kaya nagre-react ang lupa. Ang pwede lang natin gawin ngayon, maglagay ng mga devices para patibayin yung structure (We can't stop it from collapsing because that is nature. The waves will wash across the riverbank that is why the soil reacts),” he said.
However, the mayor said that installation of sheet piles will cost millions and the local government cannot shoulder it alone.
He expressed his hopes that Governor Lilia Pineda, as well as the DPWH-Central Luzon will extend their resources to address the immediate concern.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on May 20, 2017.
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