After years of construction, the 4.75km Jaro Floodway has finally served its purpose of minimizing the flooding problem of Iloilo City. As seen from the photos during our “inspection” of the actual site, we can see how effective the Jaro Floodway has been to divert flood waters from the Jaro River during the rainy season in Iloilo City. The flooding problem in Jaro and La Paz districts of Iloilo City and Pavia town used to be a major perennial problem among residents and business owners but now, residents have noticed a significant decrease of flooding incidents in the area. The uplifting development is seen to open vast, once flood prone areas in Jaro District and Pavia to additional developments especially with the construction of the Metro Iloilo Circumferential Road, a section of which will pass beside the Jaro Floodway.
View of the Jaro Floodway in action at Brgy. Buhang, Jaro District
Jaro Floodway facing Pavia town
Facing Towards the section of the Jaro Floodway in La Paz
Jaro Floodway water level markers
Jaro Floodway Video
The Jaro Floodway works by diverting flood waters from where the Tigum and Aganan Rivers meet before they get discharged into the narrow Jaro River. The Jaro Floodway provides a direct channel for flood waters to be discharged directly to the Iloilo Strait. It is important to note that the Jaro Floodway is not intended to totally eliminate the flooding problem of Iloilo City, especially in the City Proper area, since there are still other factors that contribute to the problem such as the city’s poor drainage system and low (below sea level) elevation. The Jaro Floodway is one of the components of the Iloilo Flood Control Project.