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QC gov’t allots another P251.5 million to carry out waterways infra programs

With over P1.6-billion already poured in by the administration of Quezon City Mayor Herbert  Bautista, it has again set aside some P251.5 million to carry out waterways infrastructure program this year designed to minimize flooding.
The city government’s investment mostly covers the construction of retaining and revetment walls and ripraps along waterways which are necessary to provide soil reinforcement, especially during heavy downpour, according to the mayor.
Based on a report submitted by the city’s Task Force Waterways head Ramiro Tiamzon, the Bautista administration had already appropriated around P1.6 billion for the construction of retaining walls and rip-raps in different water channels in the city, including Tullahan River, San Francisco River, Kalamiong Creek, Anaran Creek, San Juan River and other tributaries.
To date, the local government has already constructed some 76.157 kilometers of retaining walls, Tiamzon said.
Of the total, 5.6 kilometers of retaining wall was built along Tullahan River and 3.3 kilometers 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.
Meanwhile, QC’s list of priority projects for this year 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 the P11.4-million retaining wall at Tullahan River-Palmera 3 (Phase 4) in Barangay Sta. Monica.
The city engineering department, through the task force, has also reported the completion of at least 19 other flood-mitigating projects, covering among other things, the construction of retaining walls, canals and box culverts along the waterways.
Among those completed were the 700-meter concrete canal at Anaran Creek along Barangays Philam; the reinforced concrete retaining wall at Gen. de Dios Extension in Barangay Bagong Silangan; the grouted riprap in Barangay Bagong Silangan and the reinforced concrete box culvert on Cursullista Street in Barangay Sta. Lucia.
On orders of the mayor, the engineering department also stepped up the de-clogging of waterways as the city braces for the rainy season.
Aside from the de-clogging operation, the department  also launched a massive clean-up operation 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 which leads to San Francisco River.                     

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