Press Release
October 8, 2016

Villanueva committed to address flood woes in Bulacan

Senator Joel Villanueva has committed to solve the decades-long flood problem of the province of Bulacan as he led the dredging operations in Bocaue on Saturday.

Bulacan has been recently hit by heavy rains and flashfloods brought by the southwest monsoon which forced the evacuation of 1,559 individuals or 356 families from various towns which includes 77 families from Meycauayan, 200 families from Marilao and 79 families from Sta. Maria. Commuters were also reported to have been stranded from SM Marilao to Meycauayan and SM Marilao to Bocaue.

Villanueva, the only incumbent senator who hails from Bulacan, believes the said problem must be acted upon at the soonest time possible. "As a Bulakenyo, I personally witness the disastrous flooding in my hometown. Many families are being evacuated and individuals get stranded due to flooding every time heavy rains hit the province. This calls for a speedy action," the senator said.

Villanueva initiated the dredging operations in Bocaue with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the local government units of Bulacan. The turnover of the equipment was attended by DPWH officials led by Region III Director Jun Molano, District Engineer Ruel Angles, CIBAC Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, local officials led by Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva and other stakeholders.

For decades, flooding has been a serious problem in Bulacan since the province serves as a natural catch basin for floodwaters coming from central and northern Luzon's mountainous areas.

"The worsening and prevalent flooding in Bulacan already calls for an immediate solution. I believe that through the dredging of the Bocaue River, we would be able to mitigate flooding in the area," Villanueva explained.

Upon the turnover of the dredging equipment, the DPWH will manage the operations which is believed to increase the carrying capacity and flood spill of the Bocaue River which will ease the flooding in Bocaue, Meycauayan, Sta. Maria , Obando and Marilao.

"Ito pong proyekto na ito ay simula pa lamang, makakaasa po kayo na maipaglalaban natin sa Senado ang mga proyektong makatutulong para sa patuloy na pag-angat at pag-unlad ng makasaysayang lalawigan ng Bulacan," Villanueva said.

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