Min­danao flood con­trol project ok'd in Neda com­mit­tee

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - By Reuel John F. Lu­mawag

The Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Neda) Board’s In­vest­ment Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee-Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee (ICCCabcom) has ap­proved the Am­bal-Simuay River and Rio Grande de Min­danao River Flood Con­trol Projects dur­ing its meet­ing on March 8, 2018.

"The Min­danao flood con­trol projects, cost­ing P39.2 bil­lion, would in­volve the con­struc­tion of var­i­ous flood man­age­ment in­fra­struc­ture such as dikes and flood­gates along the Am­bal-Simuay and Rio Grande de Min­danao which are parts of the Min­danao River Basin, the sec­ond largest river basin in the coun­try," Neda said in a state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the data pro­vided by the Min­danao De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Minda), the project is seen to mit­i­gate flood­ing in Cota­bato City and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Sul­tan Kudarat and Sul­tan Mas­tura in Maguin­danao.

For the Am­balSimuay flood con­trol, the project will in­volve river widen­ing and con­struc­tion of par­al­lel dikes along the river to the cut-off chan­nel; es­tab­lish­ment of a new chan­nel with a dike-todike width of 250 me­ters; dredg­ing and ex­ca­va­tion of an es­ti­mated 2.87 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of ma­te­ri­als to achieve the de­sign river width cov­er­ing a to­tal length of 11.2 kilo­me­ters (km); and con­struc­tion of an 11.6km and a 9.1km dike along the left and right banks.

For the Rio Grande de Min­danao, the project will in­volve chan­nel dredg­ing and con­struc­tion of dikes, re­tain­ing walls, and flood gates; dredg­ing works cov­er­ing a to­tal length of 6.1km and an es­ti­mated vol­ume of 7.87 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of dredged ma­te­ri­als; con­struc­tion of the dikes and re­tain­ing walls with a to­tal length of 25km; and in­stal­la­tion of flood gates at ev­ery en­trance or exit of the creeks con­nected to Rio Grande de Min­danao, with 23 flap gates.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project will be within six years and will in­volve the pro­cure­ment of con­sult­ing ser­vices; con­sult­ing ser­vices for the de­tailed en­gi­neer­ing de­sign and con­struc­tion su­per­vi­sion; pro­cure­ment of civil works con­trac­tor; and con­struc­tion works.

Aside from its in­fra­struc­ture com­po­nent, the project also aims to strengthen the flood man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties of and co­or­di­na­tion among con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units.

The project is among the three new projects that were ap­proved by the Neda ICC-Cabcom. The other two are the 10 Pro­posed Pri­or­ity Bridges Cross­ing PasigMarik­ina River and Mang­ga­han Flood­way of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) and the Ru­ral Agro-En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship for In­clu­sive De­vel­op­ment and Growth (Rapid Growth) Project of the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI).

Neda said the 10 pri­or­ity bridges pro­jec­taims to im­prove road trans­port net­work ca­pac­ity and ef­fi­ciency in Metro Manila by adding fix links and al­ter­nate routes, was also ap­proved.

Mean­while, DTI's Rapid Growth project, which has a to­tal cost of P4.78 bil­lion, seeks pro­mote pro­duc­tive ru­ral en­ter­prises and value chain de­vel­op­ment; in­crease com­pet­i­tive­ness and ease of do­ing busi­ness; in­vest in hu­man cap­i­tal and in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies; and match skills de­vel­op­ment with pri­vate sec­tor de­mand.

These ICC-ap­proved projects will be el­e­vated to the Neda Board, chaired by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, for con­fir­ma­tion. RJL with PR

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