PILAR, Bataan – After years of patiently making follow ups, Mayor Alice Pizarro revealed yesterday that a total of P55 million had been approved for implementation for various flood-control projects in this strategic and booming municipality.
The lady mayor told this writer that the said fund will be coming from the national government and is now being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways in the province.
“Actually, the fund had long been requested during the time of former Mayor Charlie Pizarro (her husband) and it was just okayed on my term now; a lot of follow ups had been made before it was achieved,” said the lady mayor whose town was just recently awarded with cash for having attained a “Seal of Good Housekeeping,” an award being given by the Department of Interior and Local Government to the competent and effective local government units.
Pizarro told local newsmen that the funds will be used for the construction of waterways, dikes and other flood-related projects which have already been started last month.
Charlie Pizarro who was not lost for three consecutive terms as mayor here, and during which he was able to put up the Government Center, now the major source of income of the town; constructed various farms to market roads; put up the Mt. Samat zip line, and revitalized the once dying economic condition of this town.
Among the priority barangays that will be given attention, are Nagwaling, Panilao, Alauli, and portions of Poblacion and Del Rosario, which she described as flood-prone during rainy season.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd Engineering District headed by its head District engr. Reynaldo Venturina, is the implementing agency of the project, together with dredging and the rechanneling of the huge Talisay River, sprawling along the towns of Pilar and Balanga City.
A big amount of fund for the Talisay river flood control project was also sought by Rep. Tet Garcia, Gov. Abet S Garcia and Mayor Joet Garcia of Balanga city.-Mar T Supnad