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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, December 7, 2017
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another sewer jet

The Bacolod City Risk Reduction and Management Office is now preparing the documents required to hasten the acquisition of another sewer jet to help declog the drainage systems in Bacolod City as part of its flood control program.

DRRMO officer-in-charge DondonParandas yesterday said the city has only one sewer jet, which had malfunctioned, and they need to purchase a new one to declogthe drainage systems in various areas in the city.

Parandas said the SangguniangPanlungsod had approved their revised budget amounting to P21 million for the purchase of a sewer jet in the last quarter of this year.

The flood control team of the city, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways, conducts regular clearing of drainage systems to help mitigate flooding,particularly in flood-prone areas, he said.

Parandas said the DRRMO has a proposed budget of P120-million in the 2018 annual budget and about 70 percent of this will be used for pre-disaster activities including trainings, and programs and projects tomitigate the effects of flooding.

The DRRMO along with the City Planning and Development Office also conducts community based monitoring systems in various barangays to identify flood prone areas, as well asstructures in danger zones, he said.

Barangays identified to be severely affected by flooding will be given priority in the implementation of the city's flood control program by next year, Parandas added.*CGS





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