Dagupan studies action vs DPWH on culverts
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The three box culverts that worsen flooding here has been referred by Mayor Belen Fernandez to her legal office for action.
“It was already referred by the mayor to the legal office for any appropriate action,” said Engineer Rodolfo Dion, chief of the Pangasinan 2nd Engineering District based in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Flashflood caused by the culverts caused the mayor here to suspend intermittently in two weeks the classes up to the tertiary level during the “Habagat” or south west monsoon in August this year.
Dion said when his office was simultaneously upgrading two years ago the old De Venecia Highway with the 4th Engineering District based in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan, the latter built the three 1.5 each meters box culverts at the national highway in Barangay Banaoang, Calasiao.
“The ingress and egress of the culverts are located at Barangay Banaoang that is still part of Calasiao. The problem was the water that passes through the culverts goes to the villages in the city,” Dion stressed.
The villages that bore the brunt of up to four feet flood were Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Malued, Lucao and Tapuac.
Fernandez, fourth district Rep. Christopher de Venecia, and other stakeholders deplored the construction done by the 4th Engineering District under its chief Engineer Marietta Mendoza.
“Their intention was noble but the effect on us is destructive,” cited by the mayor who proposed that the banks of the new river channel be protected with a dike and that a flood gate be constructed in the huge culvert to re-direct the flood water down to the nearby Banaoang River and not directly to Barangay Lasip Chico.
The congressman said he will work closely with 3rd District Representative Rosemarie Arenas who has jurisdiction ove Calasiao on the construction of a dike along the new river channel and protect the city’s rivers from silts. He will also push for the construction of a floodgate in the huge culvert.
Dion said his office, in early 2016, built a gabion or a dike slope protection on both the river banks that connect the Ramos Bridge in Barangay Lasip Chico and Bacayao.
“They are five kilometers in length from both banks to stop the river from overflowing, ” Dion said.
Cascading flood in the Banaoang River came from the mountainous Benguet Province.
He cited that every one kilometer of the dike cost the government twelve million pesos.
“There was a fifty million pesos allocation for 2015, another fifty million for next year,” he said.
In another news report, Dion said flashflood from Calasiao could be avoided if the 4th Engineering District builds a dike on the river banks of the Banaoang River so the water would not overflow.
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