Panay dredging to address perennial flooding in Capiz

The ongoing dredging at the Panay River is just one of the interventions to address the flooding in Capiz while the feasibility study (FS) for the Panay River Integrated Development Project is being updated, the Philippine News Agency said.

PIA Capiz photo

“We will just jumpstart anything that could lessen the silt loads or sediment deposits to help increase the flow and storage capacity of the river,” said Engr. Al Fruto, Public Works and Highways Assistant Regional Director..

A ceremonial activity was held last week to officially start the project, he added.

The desiltation project will take place from the mouth of Barangay Punta Barra going to Barangay Punta Cogon, which is around 13 kilometers.

Fruto said that their Bureau of Equipment has released to the regional office a dredger that was deployed to Capiz, specifically to dredge the Panay River.

It’s a suction type but bigger than the one deployed at the Iloilo River in Iloilo City, he added.