DENR Says Removal of Illegal Structures in Cagayan River Could Prevent Massive Flooding
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources believes that dredging of Cagayan River could prevent massive flooding in the future.
DENR-Cagayan Valley Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan is planning to remove the structures along Cagayan River and 20-meter easement rule could prevent flooding in Cagayan and Isabela provinces.
Bambalan also said that the proposal received a good response from 31 mayors and four governors of the Cagayan Valley region during their meeting. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is also present during the meeting in Tuguegarao City.
The environment secretary Cimatu also said that the agency would form a group would hold a joint meeting to determine the proper actions necessary for clearing the longest river in the country.
“We have to follow the 20-meter easement. There should be no building or any structure within the easement zone,” Cimatu said quoted by Bambalan.
Cimatu also requested Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano to resolve the issue regarding the illegal structures along the creek blocking the waterways.
President Duterte’s Build Back Better Task Force is being led by Cimatu who is tasked to check the rehabilitation of places affected by the series of powerful tropical cyclones.
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