MANILA—Division of Surroundings and Pure Sources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu stated the dredging of sandbars alongside a slim part of the 94-kilometer Bicol River will begin on March 23.
“TF BBB’s rehabilitation efforts on the Bicol River completes the triumvirate targets to which we now have dedicated ourselves to finish throughout the time period of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for Cagayan River, Marikina River, and Bicol River,” Cimatu stated in a information launch on Sunday.
Cimatu, additionally chairman of the Process Drive Construct Again Higher (TF BBB), stated the duty pressure has early on mounted actions, corresponding to easement restoration and river financial institution stabilization efforts by planting and elevating of bamboos, previous to the March 23 launch.
“In truth, 49,509 bamboo seedlings have already been planted by some 850 beneficiaries of the Division of Social Welfare and Growth (DSWD) which supplied some 1,000 meals packs for these planter-volunteers,” Cimatu stated.
The realm planted with bamboo covers a complete of 173 hectares positioned in 33 barangays — one in Catanduanes, 24 in Camarines Sur, 4 in Camarines Norte, and 4 in Albay.
The DSWD can be anticipated to offer extra 1,000 meals packs for its beneficiaries tapped for the planting exercise by its food-for-work initiative underneath the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
The beneficiaries will obtain household meals packs on the final day of planting actions.
Cimatu stated at the very least 171 heaps have been recognized by the Nationwide Housing Authority (NHA) for resettlement of casual settlers affected by the Bicol River flooding throughout the onslaught of Typhoons Ulysses and Rolly in 2020.
He stated he will likely be represented by DENR Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia throughout the ceremonial launch of dredging and large bamboo planting actions in Camaligan, Camarines Sur.
Garcia will likely be joined by Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte and NHA Normal Supervisor Marcelino Escalada Jr., who additionally heads the TF BBB in Bicol Area.
The DPWH has estimated round 58,235 cubic meters of deposited sand supplies will likely be dredged from the center part of Bicol River.
Citing the DPWH figures, DENR Regional Government Director for Area 5 (Bicol) Antonio Abawag stated the Camaligan portion of Bicol River constricted from superb width of 80 meters to the present 31 meters.
DPWH-Bicol Area Assistant Director Gerald Pacanan stated the dredging can even require a depth of 5 meters to revive the river’s pure move fee.
Pacanan reported that the dredging exercise would require 281 days utilizing two amphibious excavators, which have a capability of 17.28 cubic meters per hour every, for a complete of 1,686 working hours at six hours per day.
He stated the completion may be achieved in 52 days if a much bigger multi-purpose amphibious excavator with a capability of 153 cubic meters per hour may be added to the 2 excavators, leading to lowered whole working hours of 311 hours at six hours per day.
The Bicol River is the eighth largest river within the nation when it comes to drainage basin measurement.
It encompasses 90 % of Camarines Sur and Albay, whereas the remaining lies in Camarines Norte. (PR)