BACOOR CITY, Cavite (PIA) – The National Irrigation Administration recently turned over dredging equipment to the City Government of Bacoor to help boost the dredging and desilting operations in Molino Dam and other existing dams in Cavite province
City Mayor Strike Revilla, together with Senator Mark Villar and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Regional Manager Wilson Lopez led the turn-over ceremony for one unit of long-reach excavator with one unit of pontoon equipment.
Villar highlighted the significance of the equipment in facilitating year-round dredging and desilting operations for the Bacoor-Las Piñas river clean-up and control.
“Nagbunga po yung pag lobby natin para magkaroon tayo ng pondo para makabili ng ganitong equipment na malaki ang maitutulong sa paglilinis ng ating ilog at ng Molino Dam. Matagal na po itong advocacy ng aming pamilya na pangalagaan ang ating mga ilog, kalikasan, at agrikultura kaya naman masaya kami na naisakatuparan ang proyekto na ito,” Senator Villar stated.
Citing the importance of dredging operations, NIA Regional Manager Lopez said the new equipment will help address the problems with siltation and improve flood control in the city due to an increase in the dam’s water storage capacity.
"The successful acquisition and delivery of this cutting-edge equipment proves the importance of inter-agency coordination in addressing pressing challenges in agriculture and the environment. This milestone marks a significant stride towards the preservation and sustainable development of the province’s water resources," Lopez said.
Revilla emphasized the equipment's importance in tackling flooding issues in the city during the rainy season. He also revealed plans to further enhance the dam area, transforming it into a potential eco-tourism site that would create additional opportunities and livelihood for Bacooreños.
“Matagal na natin pangarap ito, napakalaki po ng potential ng ating dam kaya kung malilinis natin ang ilog at maibabalik natin sa original capacity ang ating dam ay talagang makakatulong ito sa aming problema sa tubig," said Mayor Strike.
The long-reach excavator with pontoon equipment is specialized machinery that effortlessly accesses hard-to-reach areas, enabling efficient dredging and desilting operations in rivers and dams. The added pontoon equipment ensures exceptional stability on soft or unstable terrain, enabling operators to maneuver safely in marshes and shallow water bodies. (RBF with reports from Bacoor City Information Office)