P251.5m for QC flood projects
THE Quezon City government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, has embarked on a P251.5-million waterways infrastructure program to mitigate the impact of floods.
The city’s investment mostly covers the construction of retaining and revetment walls and ripraps along the waterways, which are necessary to provide soil reinforcement especially during heavy downpours, Bautista said.
Also on the mayor’s orders, the city’s engineering department has stepped up the declogging of QC waterways as the city braces for the rainy season.
The department has also launched a massive cleanup along critical water tributaries in the city, including Jordan Plains, Villa Verde and Ilang-Ilang Creeks in Barangay Sta. Monica; Kalamiong Creek in Barangay Payatas; Buwaya Creek in Project 4, and the Balingasa Creek leading to San Francisco River.
Based on a report submitted by the Task Force Waterways, headed by engineer Ramiro Tiamzon, the city government has already poured in P1.6 billion for the construction of retaining walls and ripraps in different water channels, including Tullahan River, San Francisco River, Kalamiong Creek, Anaran Creek, San Juan River and other tributaries.
The city government has also constructed 76.157 kilometers of retaining walls. Of that total, 5.6 km was built along Tullahan River and 3.3 km along Kalamiong Creek in Barangay Payatas.
Some P300.7 million was set aside by the city government to cover the cost of construction of the retaining wall along Tullahan River, and P202.7 million along Kalamiong Creek.
According to Bautista, the list of priority projects for 2017 includes the construction of the P27.5-million retaining wall at Salapan River along Calvary Hill in Barangay Mariana; the P23.5-million reinforced concrete revetment wall at San Francisco River, Lorraine Street, Parkway Village in Barangay Apolonio Samson;
The P17.9-million retaining wall at Paltok Creek in Barangay Fairview; P14.7-million reinforced concrete retaining wall at Kalamiong Creek-Spring Valley (phase 6) in Barangay Bagong Silangan;
The P14.4-million retaining wall at Gabe Creek at Sitio Sapamanai phase 1 in Barangay Fairview; and P11.4-million retaining wall at Tullahan River-Palmera 3 (phase 4) in Barangay Sta. Monica.