Villar, together with Assistant Secretary Eugenio R. Pipo Jr., and other DPWH officials, inspected the on-going construction of the flood control projects at Barangay Alibago in Enrile and Barangay Cataggaman in Tuguegarao City, all are located in the province of Cagayan.
The projects are under the DPWH's Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan River which was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Engr. Melanio C. Briosos, DPWH regional director, said that the projects' scope of works include the construction of 2,340 meters of revetment and 970 meters of spur dikes that involves excavation works and embankment.
"This will solidify the structure to hold and prevent flooding in the City of Tuguegarao and Municipality of Enrile," Briosos said.
Villar, on the other hand, ordered the project contractors to expedite the completion of said projects as these will safeguard at least 181,364 lives and massive properties once completed.
Briosos also informed the Secretary that the P127 million flood control project in Tuguegarao City; the on-going second phase of the regional office project; and the P186 million second phase of the Catagamman flood control system are expected to be completed this year. (ALM/PIA-2/with reports from Wilson A. Valdez, DPWH)