BARUGO, Leyte, May 11– A PHP4 million sea wall project now underway in Duka village here is seen to help small-scale fishing and aquaculture industry lessen their risk to flooding and high tides.

The seawall project being carried out by the Second Leyte Engineering District (2nd LED) of the Department of Public Works and Highways runs 100 meter with 213-meter vertical extension.

The length is seen to help protect the area from flooding during rainy season caused by the rising tides thus safeguard the lives of the people living near the area.

District Engineer Carlos Veloso said the project was prioritised for this year amid clamor of fishermen along the area who said their lives where at risk during bad weather producing big waves. .

Veloso likewise said that in prioritizing projects this year, they have taken into consideration the present challenges of climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction management (DRRM).

“Such projects ensure the safety of the residents in the flood-prone areas and their livelihood when rainy season sets in,” Veloso said.

Socio-economic activities are also seen to be further boosted due to improved safety through the construction of Duka slope protection and seawall.

The project was started in January this year and expected to be completed this May.

Barugo is a town in the northern coastal part of Leyte facing Carigara Bay. Residents of a few coastal villages are engaged in small-scale fishing and aquaculture.(Ahlette C. Reyes/PNA)