MANILA – Acting on the recommendation of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved last night the dredging of the mighty Agusan river which is heavily silted that have caused severed flooding especially in Butuan City.
Butuan City which has become the catch basin of the the river, has suffered severely in the past damaging millions worth of crops and properties.
The President has already directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to work closely with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the implementation of the dredging project.
According to Sec. Pinol the Agusan river flows from the mountains of Davao and ends up in Butuan City which recently overflowed its banks and damaged an estimated 50,000 hectares of farmlands. Pinol added that the dredging project is a stop-gap measure “to avert flooding in the areas where the rivers pass through.
“The long-term solution agreed by the DENR, DA and DILG during our meeting last Monday was to implement the President’s directive of a total log ban in the headwaters of the rivers and to re-forest the mountains.” Pinol said. Pinol said that just two weeks ago, heavy floods hit the Agusan river basin, Davao del Norte and Central Mindanao causing heavy damage to agriculture.