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PULANGI RIVER. Aerial photo of the Pulangi River in Brgy. Layog, Pagalungan, Maguindanao, BARMM. When the river flows from Bukidnon swells, the residential areas, agricultural crops, and properties submerge heavily, extending its threat to the Davao-Cotabato national highway.

SOUTH COTABATO & BARMM – Local officials from Pagalungan, Maguindanao where the Pulangi River is located are pushing for additional river protection projects within the area to further protect the residential communities and national highways from flooding.

Based on the project monitoring conducted by The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-XII, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-XII, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-XII, and Allah River Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLADA) last week, a total of 1,047 lout of 5,300 linear meters of protection project has already been completed for the Pulangi River.

With the remaining huge length of the projects still needing completion, Layog Brgy. Captain Akmad Mamasabulod calls for additional intervention to mitigate the destruction of Pulangi River to residential areas and national highway during heavy, constant rains.

“We really need the help of the government because if there is no intervention, I think, this national highway of Davao-Cotabato road will have the tendency to be drifted away by floods if dikes will not be established,” Mamasabulod stressed.

During the site monitoring, the joint team recommended for the construction of additional river protection in Brgy. Layog as a long-term solution against flood risks and damages, as well as the economic and environmental impact of Pulangi River floods to the residential areas and national highway. DPWH – 12 already identified the said critical area needing immediate intervention and long-term prioritization.

A similar concern was likewise raised for Ala River, located in Brgy. New Panay Sto. Niño, South Cotabato where a portions of the dike project collapsed.

Panay Brgy. Captain Hon. Eduardo H. Zonitta said that the collapse of the dike poses threat to the residents and communities living near the Ala River as well as other villages towards the downstream area, whenever it overflows.

The DPWH-XII 2nd District Engineering Office, Palmares General Merchandise and Better Works, contractors of the said project, already agreed to rehabilitate the destroyed portions to avoid further damage of the dike.

These rivers are part of the Mindanao River Basin (MRB) which is the second largest river system in the Philippines, and the largest in Mindanao. MinDA acts as the Secretariat of the Mindanao River Basin Management Council (MRBMC).

Located in the regions of X, XII, BARMM, and Provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Bukidnon, and Maguindanao, MRB provides water resources critical to the socio-economic development not only in the basin but to the whole island of Mindanao as well.#

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