By Lily O Ramos
MANILA, Sept. 30 — The Department of Public Works and Highways on Thursday reported the substantial completion of Phase 2 of the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement a year after the devastation wrought about by typhoon "Ondoy" in Pasig, Marikina and other parts in Metro Manila.
Jointly funded by the Philippine Government and the Japan International Cooperating Agency, this P4.02-billion river channel improvement project involves the construction and improvement of revetments, parapet walls and drainage improvement works along Pasig River from Del Pan Bridge in Manila up to the vicinity of the Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure (NHCS) in Taguig City.
The project aims to improve the 17.1-kilometer river channel stretching from Pasig River in Manila to the junction of the Pasig River and Marikina River.
The DPWH said that the project was divided into two packages which were simultaneously implemented to speed up its completion.
As of September 15, 2010, Package 1A, which starts from Del Pan Bridge to Lambingan Bridge in Sta Ana Manila is now 68.9 percent complete, ahead by 32.38 percent compared to its original accomplishment schedule.
Package 1B, which starts from Lambingan Bridge to NHCS is now 67.6 percent complete, also ahead of 29.9 percent compared to its scheduled accomplishment rating.
Jointly designed by JICA and DPWH Flood Control experts, the project will reduce or mitigate flooding along the adjacent areas traversed by Pasig and Marikina Rivers caused by channel overflow due to inadequate capacity of the said rivers.
It also includes aesthetic improvement works along the riverside. (PNA) V3/LOR >