Flood control project 81.29% complete
ILOILO City’s flood control project is almost six percent ahead of schedule as shown by its latest accomplishment report of 81.29 percent.
The P4.2 billion project, which is funded under the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) 25th Yen Loan Package, is slated for completion on July 11, 2011 after it was revised due to several additional works at the Aganan River, according to Engr. Al Fruto.
These include additional drainage works, revision of slope protection from ordinary dike to concrete dike, among others.
The original schedule is July 2010, he said.
The project has two packages that are being undertaken by the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd and the China International Water and Electric Corporation.
Based on the accomplishment report furnished by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the package that was undertaken by the China Waters is already 100 percent completed although it is originally slated on Feb 7 this year.
The package includes the improvement of Jaro and Iloilo Rivers; Upper Ingore Creek and construction of the Carpenter’s Bridge.
Meanwhile, the package that is being undertaken by the Hanjin Industries is composed of the construction of the Jaro Floodway which is 95.79 percent completed; improvement of the Aganan River that is 48.49 percent completed and Tigum River improvement now 28.08 percent completed.
Also included in the contract package of Hanjin is the improvement of bridges in Pagsangaan and Anilao in Pavia; Tacas, Balabago, Buhang, Bito-on and the Jaro floodway in Iloilo City.
The over-all accomplishment for this package is at 89.84 percent.
The flood control project is being seen as the solution to the flooding problem not only in Iloilo City but in neighboring towns as well.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last year ordered the DPWH to fast track its construction. (PNA)