De Venecia’s ongoing riverbank protection projects

VARIOUS impact projects being built through the initiative of Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia are now going on simultaneously in Dagupan and will soon benefit his constituents.

Based on records of the Department of Public Works and Highways (Second Pangasinan Engineering District), among the impact projects of De Venecia last year include riverbank protection of the Sinocalan-Pantal River in Barangays Bacayao Sur and Bacayao Norte.

When he visited the project, the residents of the two barangays were profuse in thanking Congressman de Venecia for the protection given them from floods and minimize their sufferings every flood season.

Congressman De Venecia was accompanied by Second Pangasinan District Engineer Edita Manuel who assured him that its construction is ahead of its schedule.

Applied in this project is the modern technology in slope protection earlier used for another De Venecia-initiated project along the Tambac River.

Funding for this project, costing P20 million, came from the Department of Public Works and Highways which he followed up personally with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.

The pile drive technology is different from the old Gabion type slope protection that was in use before which does not last long.

Under this technology, steel plates are lined up along the river banks and with the piles driven down by a machine to ensure that in case of flood, water from the river will not overflow and spare communities from destructive floods.

The DPWH, however, admitted that though pile driving is more effective than the old method of river protection, it is bit costlier than the Gabion-type of riverbank protection.

Noting that flood is a bane in Dagupan, De Venecia is continuously sourcing funds from various agencies in a bid to spare the city from further floods.

The riverbank protection in Barangays Bacayao Sur and Bacayao Norte costs P20 million.

Another flood control project of Congressman De Venecia is located along the southern bank of the Pantal River from the LTO office to Reyes street, which when completed, could also serve as passageway for tricycles delivering fish to the Magsaysay Fish Market.

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