5K volunteers expected to join drainage declogging in Cebu City on Sept. 16

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AROUND 5,000 volunteers from the government and private sectors are expected to participate in the Cebu City-wide drainage declogging on Sept. 16, 2022.

The City Government already conducted the initial inventory of manpower and equipment during an inter-agency meeting on Friday, Sept. 2, said Gerardo Carillo, chairman of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Carillo told SunStar Cebu on Sunday, Sept. 4, that former environment secretary and now Cebu City consultant Roy Cimatu led the coordination meeting to discuss important matters on how to execute the massive cleanup of the city’s drainage system.

Cimatu was appointed by Mayor Michael Rama last Aug. 30 to act as the City’s consultant for environmental matters and to lead the City Government’s campaign against flooding.

According to Carillo, Cimatu wanted work to be done without wasting any time and to tap all available resources, including those coming from the private sector.

Carillo said the Cebu Contractors Association has already committed to provide the City Government with heavy equipment during the activity.

The cleanup drive will be done in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7, he added.

Carillo said they will conduct another meeting on Monday, Sept. 5, to identify the priority areas and the allocation of manpower and equipment that will be deployed per area.

Last Friday, Aug. 19, Rama issued Executive Order 2 creating a special task force that will address the city’s flooding problems and create solutions to make the city more flood-resilient.

Rama recently said Cimatu will be the city’s top man who will lead the task force to solve the flooding issue.