The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of two flood control projects worth P38.8 million along the Peñaranda River to protect nearby communities in the towns of General Tinio and San Leonardo in Nueva Ecija.
The projects were expected to reduce the incidence of flooding in low-lying areas in Barangay Rio Chico in General Tinio and Barangay San Roque in San Leonardo.
DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan said floods in these areas usually occur after heavy rains as the Penaranda River usually overflows.
In his report to Bonoan, DPWH Region 3 director Roseller Tolentino underscored the importance of providing General Tinio and San Leonardo with revetment along their sections of Peñaranda River as both towns rely on farming rice, corn, and other vegetable produce.
According to Tolentino, the security brought about by the structures greatly benefits local farmers by preventing low crop yields due to soil erosion caused by surplus of water from the river, while at the same time ensuring safety of residents from the adverse effects of flooding.
The projects were implemented by DPWH Nueva Ecija 2nd District Engineering Office and was completed months ahead of schedule.