Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar inaugurated on Tuesday the newly constructed flood protection dike aimed to mitigate flood damage in high risk areas in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental.
Assisting Villar during the unveiling of the marker of the new dike were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano.
Villar said the completion of the flood control structure will not only protect residents of Tagoloan and its neighboring coastal areas from serious flooding but will also provide opportunities for the development in the area.
"The completion of the Tagoloan flood control project is very timely. Makatulog na ng mahimbing at walang pangamba ang ating mga kababayan sa Misamis Oriental sapagkat alam nilang ligtas na sila sa banta ng mataas na baha," Villar said.
Implemented by DPWH's Flood Control Management Cluster, the P778-million flood control structure is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It consists of a 692-meter upstream and 1.9-kilometer downstream revetments and drainage improvement.
"We would like to thank the government of Japan for their continued support in the Duterte administration's infrastructure program that aims to provide quality and safe infrastructure facilitied to propel national economic growth," Villar said.
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