Pandanan river in Lopez will under go dredging activity

by Raadee Sausa November 23, 2020 The Pandanan River that will undergo dredging activity and the Bridge Layout Plan of the DPWH 4th Engineer...

by Raadee Sausa
November 23, 2020

Pandanan river in Lopez will under go dredging activity
The Pandanan River that will undergo dredging activity and the Bridge Layout Plan of the DPWH 4th Engineering District in Quezon Province on the fly-over bridge to be built on the Maharlika Highway in Brgy Canda Ibaba and Ilaya in Lopez Quezon.

LUCENA CITY - A Pandanan river will be under dredging activity by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 4th Engineering District in the province of Quezon for the flyover bridge in Maharlika Highway at barangay Canda Ibaba and Ilaya in Lopez.

The bridge is a long-term solution of DPWH Quezon DEO, DPWH 4A and Rep. Helen Tan of the 4th district for the floods brought by the past typhoons.

Earlier, floodwaters inundated nearly a kilometer – long section of Maharlika Highway because of Typhoon Ulysses and rendered the route impassable to all kinds of vehicles.

For his part, Melchor Avenilla Jr., head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said the highway in Barangay Canda Ibaba in Lopez town was submerged in floodwaters after Ulysses dumped heavy rains in the area since Wednesday night.

"It is the same area that was also flooded during Typhoon Pepito [on October 18],” he said.

The municipal government of Lopez posted on social media photos of the chest-high flood along the highway with an accompanying traffic advisory that the same is not passable to all types of vehicles.

The same section of the highway was also flooded last month because of torrential rains and high tide.

The Pandanan River located in neighboring Calauag town overflowed because of heavy rains and rushing seawater that stranded about 1,500 vehicles for two days.

Canda Ibaba is the last village of Lopez along the boundary of Calauag.

Avenilla said a landslide also occurred in another section of the Maharlika Highway in Calauag that also blocked vehicles.

Moreover, the dredging will improve the volume capacity of a river “at no cost on the part of the government.”

For his part, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, earlier, said that the contractor will be allowed to sell the dredged minerals, with the government earning revenues from the dredging at the same time, as stipulated in DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2020-07 titled “Rationalizing Dredging Activities in Heavily-Silted River Channels Pursuant to the DENR-DPWH-DILG-DOTR Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 Series of 2019.”

The DAO rationalized dredging activities in heavily-silted river channels across the country to help restore their natural state and flow and reduce flooding.

It requires the contractor to shoulder all the expenses of the dredging operation in exchange for whatever minerals it may recover, provided it pays the required national and local taxes. 


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