By GERRY LEE GORIT
TAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental–Completion of the Tagoloan River Basin Sub-Project, which is under the Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), has reached 50 percent, according FRIMP’s 3rd Quarter Consolidated Project Accomplishment Report.
The P667 million Tagoloan flood-control project, which aims to mitigate flood damage in selected core areas in Tagoloan River Basin, is being implemented by the DPWH’s Unified Project Management Office for Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC) headed by Project Director Patrick B. Gatan, and is funded by the Official Development Assistance from the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The project consists of Stage 1 and 2 and has a project scope to construct river dikes and partial excavation of river channel together with drainage channel improvement.
The DPWH constructed flood protection dikes on both sides of the Tagoloan River from 1994 to 2002 for prevention of inundation. However, the construction of the dike system was only 50% complete due to budget limitation. Currently, the main flood mitigation works by the FRIMP is to complete the construction of the dike system in the lower Tagoloan River Basin. With the complete flood protection system, it is expected that the targeted areas will further be urbanized and industrialized without flood damage.
The devastation caused byTyphoon “Seniang” in the project area in December 2014 gave way to the fast tracking of the implementation of the project, which is divided into two stages — Upstream Section (Stage 1), which scope of work is the constructions of flood protection dikes (642 meters) and drainage sluiceway, and Downstream Section (Stage 2) with construction of dike embankment with partition walls (1,927 meters), drainage improvement (1,602 meters) and drainage sluiceway on 2 locations, as scope of work.
Stage 1 is being handled by the Cavite Ideal International Construction Development Corporation (Cavdeal) with a contract cost of P133,013,730 (P118.76 from JICA and P14.25 from GOP-VAT) while Stage 2 is with contractor Quindao Municipal Construction Group Co., Ltd. with a contract coast of PhP534,924,369 (P477.61 from JICA and P57.31 thru GOP-VAT).
Meanwhile, an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign for Tagoloan elementary school children will be launched on October 13, 2017, at Sta. Cruz Elementary School.
The IEC aims to enhance the participants’ learning experience and increase their awareness and preparedness on flood, tropical cyclones and other hydrometeorological hazards. Thus, minimizing their vulnerability from the impacts of these hazards, said DPWH Project Engineer III Roy Quilaton said.
“Although the target audience for this initial IEC activity are the Grade VI students, future IEC campaign will also involve other elementary school children as well as high school students in the municipality of Tagoloan, Quilaton added.
The Tagoloan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) will spearhead the IEC campaign. Resource persons are from PAGASA-DOST Regional Services Division-Mindanao the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Office X, Tagoloan MDRRMO, DPWH UPMO-FCMC and FRIMP-CTI Consultant’s Team.
“IEC materials such as posters and leaflets will also be given to the school and students.
On the other hand, the IEC for the barangay residents has already started on November 4, 2016 in the Project’s pilot barangay of Barangay Sta. Cruz,” he added.
Tutorial on QGIS
Key staff from the LGU of Tagoloan’s Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), the Municipal Engineering Office (MEO) and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) participated in the Tutorial on Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) held on June 8-9, 2017 at the Tagoloan Municipal Hall.
QGIS is a software that allows the users to analyze, manage, edit data and compose printable maps. The activity is in line with preparation/updating of the inundation maps initially of Sta. Cruz, the Project’s pilot barangay and eventually, the rest of the barangays in the Municipality.
The Third Quarter meeting of FMC was conducted on October 5, 2017, at the Tagoloan Municipal Hall, which discussed the progress and status of the Project’s construction works, as well as, its Non-Structural Measures and IEC activities.
The FMC is chaired by Engr. Sosa and co-chaired by Tagoloan Mayor Heckert Hernando Jude V. Emano.
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