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PNoy allocates P150M for 1,000 units of water level sensors in 18 river basins nationwide


OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - At least 1,000 units of the automatic water level sensors worth P150 million will be established in 18 river basins nationwide.

This was announced by President Benigno S. Aquino III when he visited the victims of tropical storm Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City last week.

“Palalakasin natin ang sistema upang mas malinaw na matukoy kung gaano karami at kalakas ang buhos ng ulan. (We will strengthen the system so that we will know and accurately measure the volume of rainwater),” the President said.

As of the President’s visit, a total of 10,877 houses in Northern Mindanao were damaged by ‘Sendong.’ Of this figure, 4,657 houses were totally damaged and 6,338 were partially damaged, affecting 29,484 families or 35,585 individuals.

The President also said Cagayan de Oro River in Misamis Oriental is one of the river basins where the water level sensors will be established.

According to the Regional Development Plan of Region 10, the Cagayan de Oro River, whose catchment area is about 1,363 sq. km. is included in Package III of the Master Plan and Feasibility Study of Flood Control and Drainage Projects of Selected River Basins Nationwide.

The plan aims to establish a flood control policy, strategy, target design, flood magnitude and main works and to identify alternative flood mitigation measures.

It is also aimed at the formulation of a flood control project implementation and prioritize projects based on technical, economic, social and environmental feasibility.

Its proposed structural measures include increasing its flow capacity by constructing a dike/river wall and deepening and widening the channel.

Another is retarding the basin by constructing a dam for flood water storage, lowering the flood discharge, constructing a revetment and spur dike to protect the river against scouring, erosion and bank collapse.

The non-structural measures to be put up in place include the preparation of an inundation map, plan of community-based flood early warning system and recommendation for a watershed management and flood plain management system or zoning.

By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob-PIA-Mis. Occ./ ZBST

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