ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 27 -- The city government is set to evict 600 families from riverbanks here to give way to the construction of a mega flood control project.

Those subjected to eviction are families residing along riverbanks from the San Bernardino Bridge in Barangay Guiwan to the Barigon Bridge in Barangay Tugbungan, passing through Barangay Tetuan.

Mayor John Dalipe said Friday the Housing and Land Management Division Office and the City Engineer's Office have already conducted an initial inspection of the riverbank easements in the three barangays.

"We have to clear the riverbanks of dwellers the soonest possible time so that the project can be implemented this year," Dalipe said.

He noted that the "riprap" project, which will ...