The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) targets to start next year the construction of the Aklan River flood control and drainage system.
DPWH District Engineer Roberto Cabigas said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is allocating P1 billion for the project that will include economic profiling, studies for flood control and components of infrastructure package in the seven towns of the province covered by the project.
These towns are Libacao, Madalag, Lezo, Malinao, Banga, Kalibo and Numancia.
"We are hoping that the said project will now become our permanent solution to flood incidents in the province of Aklan particularly in the town of Kalibo," Cabigas said.
Residents of Kalibo are alarmed by floodings because of typhoon ‘Frank’ which hit the province in June 2008.
Cabigas said the typhoon has created an enormous damage to the Aklan river.
The construction is expected to commence after the JICA finishes the feasibility study which will be within the next six months. (PNA) /MP