The municipality of Leon in Iloilo City is now more protected from flooding thanks to the establishment of a new structure that will help control overflow from the Sibalom River. 

According to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger Mercado, they built a wall along a portion of the river that’s in proximity with Leon, specifically the area of Barangay Nabanghi. 

Mercado said the P75.26-million was officially completed in January of this year and has been successfully implemented by the DPWH Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office (DEO).

According to DPWH, the “reinforced concrete revetment wall serves as a defense against flash floods and erosion of the river’s upper bank.”

NEW FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR COMMUNITY OF LEON, ILOILO The Department of Public Works and...

Posted by Department of Public Works and Highways on Wednesday, February 9, 2022

“Approximately 2,500 residents are expected to be protected by this structure. Not only that the lives of locals will be put out of danger in times of calamities, their properties and livelihood that depend on harvesting agricultural products will also be secured,” Mercado explained. 

Besides keeping townsfolk safe, the barrier, which is 755 lineal meters long and 4.2 meters high, will prevent the nearby national road from being cut off due to rising river water during heavy rains. This will allow motorists and road users to access the pathway even when it rains.

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