Gov. Marcos, JICA conducts aerial inspection, seek for quick mobilization of dikes ravaged by typhoon ‘Ineng’
After conducting series of aerial inspections days after typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit the province, Governor Imee Marcos requested for further assessment of the damaged dike systems particularly of the Madongan Dam in Solsona and Sabo Dam in Nueva Era on September 10, 2015.
The inspection team included Ms. Misaki Kawaguchi, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representative; Mr. Takeshi Muronaga, JICA Flood Management Adviser in DPWH Central Office; Mr. Gil Iturralde, Engineer of Flood Management Control Management Cluster DPWH; and Mr. Glen Reyes, Engineer of DPWH Ilocos Norte.
According to Engr. Reyes, further assessment and recommendations from JICA, Japan’s foreign aid arm, are necessary since the original design and loan funding of the project came from the said organization.
“(The aerial inspection aims to) come up with a solution that would mitigate or control the damages brought about by big typhoons,” Reyes added.
Aerial rounds showed that the dike systems were severely damaged, have full of sediments from the mountains and that the river flow is undefined.
Gov. Marcos said that the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and JICA, together with concerned agencies, plan to redesign the Sabo Dam in order to avoid any adverse impact of severe floods in the future.
“Right now what we’re planning is the design. Ang problema kasi dito sa Sabo river basin, hindi na pwedeng i-repair or i-rehab. Start from scratch tayo. Di natin ibabalik yung dati kasi hindi na nagse-serve ng purpose so kinakailangang mag-redesign.”
One of the major causes of its destruction, Gov. Marcos said, is the “(failure to construct the) upstream section which should’ve protected us, ‘yun yung pinakaimportante, ‘yun yung ginawang phase two na hindi na nangyari.”
Another problem is lack of maintenance since its construction in 2008. According to Gov. Marcos, five percent of the project cost should be allocated annually, which unfortunately was never given.
Nevertheless, Gov. Marcos continues to seek for the assistance of the national government and private sectors in order to mobilize the damaged infrastructure as soon as possible.
“I’m asking everyone to come and help including the Army Corps of Engineers. We are hoping that the National Irrigation Administration can expedite their own dam, the Madongan, Solsona and Dingras river irrigation systems. The private contractors have also been very generous in lending their equipment.”
Aware of the calamities’ serious threat to Ilocano lives and properties, Gov. Marcos said PGIN will certainly find any possible solution in order to fast track the restoration and reconstruction of the said infrastructure.—Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO