Dagupan plans to add more dikes along rivers

November 28, 2011 at 2:37 am Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Benjamin Lim said he would discuss the proposal of an official of the National Irrigation Administration to add more dikes along the river banks of the flood prone villages instead of dredging the rivers, to solve the perennial flooding.

The proposal was made by Area Manager John Celeste of the Project Inspection & Advisory Group (PIAG) of the National Irrigation Administration.

“I will listen to him on what is the best to solve the flood problem (of the city),” Lim said.

Celeste earlier told this paper that dredging operation is not the solution to the flooding problem in the city.

He said swelling of the water is the high tide of the sea.

Manager Celeste, an engineer and resident of Brgy. Pantal, proposed to discuss with Mayor Lim or City Administrator Vladimir Mata a plan to build more dikes above the old dikes on the river banks particularly in Pantal – one of the most vulnerable villages to flood whenever there is high tide.

He also proposed the putting of gates for the drainage underneath the old dikes which can be closed whenever there is high tide so the river could not enter into the residential areas,” he said.

The other flood prone villages here are Lasip, Caranglaan, Malued, Lucao, Tebeng, Mangin, Salisay and many other areas in southern Dagupan.

The mayor compared Celeste’s technique to modern European countries like Netherlands today.

“Talagang mas mababa sila, sa ilalim sila ng sea level. Pero napakaganda ng bansa nila. They can afford to put a dike,” Lim said.

Lim however said that it cost millions of pesos to build dikes.

Earlier, 2nd Highway District Engineer Rodolfo Dion of the Department of Public Highways underscored the need to dredge not only Pantal but the upper stream Sinocalan River in Sta. Barbara town that aggravates the flooding in the city.

He recalled that Pantal River was very deep many years ago that it was able to accommodate the big volume of water being discharged from Sinocalan River.

The river is now however very shallow and too narrow because of accretion.

The Pantal River in Dagupan is where Sinocalan River drains. Sinocalan is connected to Toboy and Tagamusing Rivers in San Manuel and Binalonan, and the Mitura River in Urdaneta.

Dion said a dredging machine from DPWH needs 200 liters of diesel fuel per hour, equivalent to one drum or approximately P10, 000 more or less.

But the recovery for one-hour work is high – at least 1,000 cubic meters he noted. He also recommended six-hour a day dredging for at least one year.

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