Mayor Belen Fernandez has led an ocular inspection of the city’s river system on July 6, 2023 in preparation for the river dredging operations to be conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 1 as part of Dagupan’s flood mitigation program.
Dredging operations will commence from Calmay up to the so-called mouth of the river in Pugaro within the 200-meter width from the center of the river.
City Engineer Officer-in-Charge Engr. Josephine Corpuz, City Agriculture Officer-in-Charge Patrick Dizon, Task Force Bantay Ilog Head Abel Abueme and Punong Barangays of the coastal communities namely Evangelita dela Cruz (Calmay), Pepito Ventura (Carael), Arsenio Santillan Sr. (Lomboy), Nestor Victorio (Pugaro) and Delfin de Guzman (Salapingao) joined the inspection.
Aside from its purpose to alleviate perennial flooding in the city, dredging of coastal waters improves water quality and fish production, according to Dizon.
Mayor Fernandez said this will greatly benefit Dagupan’s fishing industry as it will boost the livelihood of fisherfolks in the coastal barangays.
(Dagupan CIO News)