DPWH Region III acquires new Watermaster amphibious dredge

The Equipment Management Division of the Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region III has acquired new dredging and support equipment that will be used in river dredging projects and disaster response and recovery operations in Central Luzon.

According to DPWH-EMD Region III Assistant Chief Francisco Licup Jr., the newly procured Hydraulic Crane, Watermaster Multipurpose Amphibious Dredge, Backhoe Loader, Forklift and Self-Loading Truck will help improve operations efficiency in the region.

DPWH Region III Roseller A. Tolentino added that with the augmentation of DPWH-EMD’s existing fleet, the agency’s response to various events that require assistance using heavy machineries will be faster, more effective, and well-organized.

“With the acquisition of these additional heavy equipment, we are now more capable of providing assistance to other field offices especially in the implementation of dredging activities, projects like restoration of previously degraded physical habitat features of our major waterways, disaster management response, etc.,” RD Tolentino said.

Watermaster is a mobile amphibious multipurpose dredger for dredging, piling, raking – and more. With its versatile selection of quickly changeable attachments, the Watermaster can do all shallow water work from dry ground up to the depth of six meters.

Watermaster Classic I was the first dredger in the amphibious multipurpose dredger category. It was launched 30 years ago (1986), followed by Classic II in 1996 and Classic III in 2003. Watermaster Classic IV was launched in 2011 and the 2017 version of the same model is manufactured alongside Classic V. Watermasters are solving shallow water projects in over 70 countries worldwide.

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