Senator Joel Villanueva is currently working on a project to solve the decades-long flood problem of the province of Bulacan.
Last Saturday, he led dredging operations in Bocaue River during the commissioning and inauguration of a new amphibious excavator to the municipality of Bocaue that will be used for dredging and rehabilitating Bocaue River.
Bulacan has been recently hit by heavy rains and flashfloods brought by the southwest monsoon which forced the evacuation of 1,559 individuals or 356 families from various towns which includes 77 families from Meycauayan, 200 families from Marilao and 79 families from Sta. Maria.
“As a Bulakenyo, I personally witness the disastrous flooding in my hometown. Many families are being evacuated and individuals get stranded due to flooding every time heavy rains hit the province. This calls for a speedy action,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva initiated the dredging operations in Bocaue with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the local government units of Bulacan.
“The worsening and prevalent flooding in Bulacan already calls for an immediate solution. I believe that through the dredging of the Bocaue River, we would be able to mitigate flooding in the area,” Villanueva explained.
Upon the delivery of the dredging equipment, the DPWH will manage the operations which is believed to increase the carrying capacity and flood spill of the Bocaue River which will ease the flooding in Bocaue, Meycauayan, Sta. Maria, Obando and Marilao.