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Waterways in Ilocos Norte are cleaned up to prevent flooding.

The local city authority is clearing its canals to avoid flooding during this rainy season.

Using a backhoe to remove water lilies obstructing water flow to the sea is one of the primary cleanup tasks.

Local disaster risk reduction and management officer Marcell N. Tabije stated on Saturday that since the Caoacan Creek receives all of the floodwaters from downtown Laoag, it is necessary to remove the debris, especially the area’s rapidly expanding waterlilies.

According to Tabije, “We declog these waterways yearly to restore their depth and stop overflow that floods neighboring settlements.”

Locals in the adjoining Pila village who live close to the waterways also contribute to the cleanup efforts.

Diverse local government units in Ilocos Norte are receiving assistance from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) with the simultaneous declogging of rivers.

According to Tabije, the Ilocos Norte administration has dispatched heavy machinery to the second district’s flood-prone and low-lying municipalities of Paoay and Batac City to conduct dredging and support their flood mitigation efforts.

As the southwest monsoon, or “habagat,” continues to bring rainfall to this northern section of Luzon, critical infrastructures including roads and bridges, flood control structures, and irrigation systems are also being watched carefully.

The recipients of a community-based aid program that continues to be implemented are sent to work on flood protection projects in their respective barangays to help underemployed, seasonal, and displaced employees.

To constantly be ready and proactive in these times, Tabije urged everyone of his kakailian (constituents).

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