Revival of Agno River project will check flooding, say


THE possible reactivation of the Agno and Allied River Improvement Project endorsed the Regional Development Council (RDC) but shelved by the Aquino administration as a long term-solution to the oft recurring flooding in Dagupan City will be sought.

Councilor Jeslito Seen broached the project as the other initiative of the city government in addition to other recommended plans of action.

Seen recalled that the project was envisioned to help divert the flow of the Sinocalan river in Sta. Barbara to the Lucao River near Binmaley without passing through the the Pantal River which is already heavily silted.

He said the city council of Dagupan is seeking its revival through the Build Build Build project of the Duterte administration.

Since Mayor Belen Fernandez is a member if the RDC, Seen said she is in a position to reiterate the revival of the shelved project.

Seen initially presented the project to his colleagues in the SP during a committee hearing that discussed the draft resolution of Councilor Jose Tamayo that seeks the help of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar for the construction of stronger and higher dikes along the Sinocalan River and the Marusay and Pantal rivers in Dagupan City to minimize flooding in the city.

Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario was the first local executive to endorse the project noting how it will benefit his town.

Seen said he will file his resolution when the SP holds in regular session on August 23.

He foresees that the project can be completed after four years of construction if included in the Build, Built, Build project.

Meanwhile Councilors Tamayo, Alvin Coquia, Nicanor Aquino, Dennis Canto and Marvin Fabia are set to endorse the request for additional dredging machines from the DPWH.  (Leonardo Micua)


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