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22 June 2011

DPWH Sec. Singson to assists in declogging Rio Grande de Mindanao

Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has ordered all available DPWH resources in Central Mindanao, including the national head office to provide assistance in the declogging activities especially near the mouth of Rio Grande.
The DPWH-President’s Bridge Program Office (PBPO) has mobilized its emergency response team—personnel armed with various types heavy equipment—to assist in the ongoing efforts to declog the Rio Grande de Mindanao of water lilies and other debris that have been causing flooding in Cotabato City and nearby areas.
Since last Saturday, trailer trucks from the PBPO Tagoloan Depot in Cagayan de Oro delivered one backhoe, one crane, and 12 barge components to bring the dredging fleet to Cotabato City. The dredging operation team has commenced the declogging yesterday morning.
As of last week, various military and civilian government personnel, both from the national and local level including various equipment were already on site to help in the clearing works being carried out by the DPWH Region 12 office, with two watermaster dredgers in operation. According to the DPWH, the clogged area is so massive that personnel are resorting to pulling out the water lilies manually.
The flooding that has been wrecking havoc in the area for the past week was caused by incessant rains and aggravated by clogging caused by water lilies and other debris from Liguasan Marsh down to Rio Grande de Mindanao. The debris have accumulated during the past week and is now estimated to be over 20 hectares in area and 4 meters in thickness.

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