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Philippines : Php292 M flood control projects underway in Maguindanao.

Two flood mitigation projects with a combined cost of Php292 million are in full swing along Buluan River in Buluan town Maguindanao.According to a report from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 12 these projects -- construction/maintenance of flood control mitigation and drainage systems -- are under the Calendar Year 2014 and 2015 Regular Infrastructure Projects.

These projects have funding allocations amounting Php 132 million and Php160 million, respectively.Same report indicated that these facilities will address the frequent flooding since the area is being surrounded by adjoining marshy basins.

Other activities, aside from the construction of flood control structures, are clearing of water hyacinth and other river improvement works.Buluan River is one of the adjoining basins of Lake Buluan.

Called the black lake, Buluan Lake, the third largest lake in Mindanao straddles, the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat and feeds into the Liguasan Marsh.In 2011, flood waters from Buluan River caused knee-high flooding and destroyed, properties and lives. Landslides were also reported. The subsequent flooding of Liguasan Marsh submerged a large part of Maguindanao province and Cotabato for over a week.

DPWH 12 Regional Director Reynaldo Tamayo said that completion of these projects in a critical and poverty-stricken area is a big challenge. It is our social responsibility. These undertakings will give people hope and proof that the government ensures their protection and safety, Tamayo emphasized.

Per report of the DPWD 12 Maintenance Division, as of September 15, 2015 the projects are ahead of the expected output acquiring 79.86% and 60.54% accomplishments, respectively.

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Date:Oct 6, 2015
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