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Mayor orders desilting vs. flooding


Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday he has directed the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to conduct massive desilting to mitigate flooding in Bacolod City, especially when the rains come.

Leonardia admitted that there is a serious problem involving flooding, but they are trying their best to find a solution.

What place is not flooded? he asked. At least, in Bacolod they are doing something about it, he said.

The volume of water on August 2 was for three to four days, Leonardia said, adding that “We have to consider climate change also.”

Former mayor Monico Puentevella said the flooding problem in the city has worsened.

In an interview over RMN, Puentevella said there is now a new golf course and waterfalls in Lacson Street, referring to the ongoing drainage rehabilitation project being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Puentevella said the project must be investigated because it was implemented by the DPWH without consulting the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Leonardia said Puentevella has been congressman for nine years and was mayor for three years, or a total of 12 years in office. But what has he done? he asked.

The good thing is that the project is being undertaken by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya so they can expect an improvement in the drainage system, he said. Can he point to any improvements he had accomplished?

Those undertaking the project should be even be lauded for it, he said.

Leonardia said that considering the volume of water that poured last Aug. 2, it would flood even if Donald Trump is the mayor of Bacolod.

But that does not mean that they are not doing anything about it, he said.

He also pointed out that there is a budget of P27 million allocated for the feasibility study for the drainage master plan of Bacolod and Balanga.

Leonardia said that since one of the reasons that had caused the flood is garbage particularly plastic, he is appealing to everyone especially those living near creeks and riverbanks, including the markets, for their cooperation.

“Admittedly we cannot have a perfect 100 percent plastic avoidance, and although we take responsibility for that as city officials, this will need the support and cooperation of everybody,” he said.*CGS


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