TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon build a 27.3-kilometer embankment from Tacloban City to Palo and Tanauan, both towns of Leyte Province.
The project which will cost P7.9 billion will serve as protection from storm surges and tsunamis.
Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the strongest typhoon in history to make a landfall, devastated on Nov. 8, 2013 Eastern Visayas Region and other areas with its howling winds and accompanying storm surge, hitting hard Tacloban, Palo and Tanauan, leaving in its wake thousands people dead and missing, countless families homeless and destroying crops and properties worth billions of pesos.
With Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) conducting the study and providing technical assistance, the DPWH’s project called “Road Heightening and Tide Embankment for Tacloban-Palo-Tanauan” is aimed at protecting Yolanda-devastated areas from future calamities. Its priority is to protect the urban area and minimize the number of affected people/casualties.
With a height of about 4.5 meters, the embankment will start from the shorelines of Barangay Diit in Tacloban, pass through the city proper, extend to Palo end in Barangay Ambao, Tanauan. The total length is 27.3 kilometers. Its centerline will stand 30 meters from the seashore and it is not within the “No Build Zone” area (40 meters from shoreline).
Programmed for implementation in six years from 2015 to 2020, the project is subdivided into six sections which are to be funded under DPWH’s annual budget from General Appropriations Act (GAA). It covers the cost of civil works and road right-of-way acquisition.
DPWH Assistant Region 8 Director Edgar B. Tabacon has started conducting consultation meetings with residents of the areas to be affected by the project to determine how many lots and structures there would be affected.