Duterte orders dredging of 4 major rivers to stop flooding
President Duterte approved the dredging of four heavily silted major rivers to avoid more floods that destroy crops and properties.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Duterte ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to work with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to implement the dredging.
The four major rivers are the: Agusan River, which flows from the mountains of Davao and ends up in Butuan City; Rio Grande de Mindanao, which flows out of Cotabato City from the plains of Central Mindanao passing through the Liguasan Marsh; Pampanga River; and Cagayan River, the country’s longest and biggest river which flows from Quirino Province and ends up in Aparri.
The two rivers in Mindanao recently overflowed and caused flooding.
Piñol said the dredging operations will be “a stop-gap measure” to avert flooding where the rivers pass through.
He said the long-term solution is to implement the total log ban in the headwaters of the rivers and to reforest the mountains.