Bulacan: Massive dredging program starts in May

Bulacan Governor, Daniel R. Fernando, announced the start of the dredging of rivers in the province yesterday, as part of the the provincial government’s flood control and river restoration program.

photo courtesy of Kavalikat na may Puso Barangay Pulong Gubat

Addressing Bulacan congressmen, mayors, vice mayors, and other officials at the project launch held at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Metro Manila, the governor said that the massive dredging works would start on the second week of May to restore the heavily silted river systems of Angat, Pamarawan, Malolos, Hagonoy and Guiguinto and open a navigational channel in the offshore delta.

The plan is to initially dredge the mouth of the river to enable us to enter smaller inland waters throughout the province. Environmental dredging combined with management of flood water movement, through the construction of floodwalls and floodgates, will be the key to solve the decades-old flooding problem in the province,” Fernando said.

He also added that the private firm would finance the project, as it projected revenue sharing through the commercial disposition of dredged materials from the rivers.