SLOPE PROTECTION. An aerial photo shows the newly-completed slope protection structure implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)along the Porac River in Floridablanca, Pampanga. The DPWH has been implementing projects to mitigate flooding along Floridablanca’s major river systems by building flood control structures. (Photo by DPWH Region 3)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of two flood control structures along active water channels traversing the town of Floridablanca, this province.

The newly-completed projects expected to help mitigate flooding during the rainy season are the slope protection structures along the Porac River in Barangays Valdez and San Jose.

DPWH Pampanga 2nd District Engineering Office Engineer Gregorio D. Audea Jr. said on Tuesday an old earth dike along the Barangay Valdez section of Porac River is now improved into a PHP19.59-million revetment wall measuring 124 lineal meters in length.

“This is in addition to the existing 85.77-lineal meter slope protection in the area built in the year 2021. Another segment adjoining these structures is currently under construction and has an approximate length of 346-lineal meters and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year,” Audea said in social media post.

He said Barangay Valdez is one of the villages in Floridablanca that is usually hit by flooding when the Porac River overflowed.

In Barangay San Jose, he said the newly-completed slope protection is 347.52 lineal-meter which is worth PHP29.3 million.

Audea said since 2020, the DPWH has been implementing projects that would mitigate flooding along Floridablanca’s major river systems by building flood control structures deemed important for residents.

“The existing, newly-completed, and underway flood control structures along Floridablanca’s major river system ensure the protection of residents’ lives and properties against inundation come rainy season,” he added. (PNA)