LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard Chan is set to release an executive order requiring business owners and developers to provide a drainage master plan before they can initiate development.
This after Chan found that some residential areas in his city were marred with constant flooding during heavy rains.
Chan inspected flooded residential areas in Barangays Basak, Babag and Calawisan where he found that majority of them had no proper drainage systems.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which has an ongoing project in one of the city’s barangays, has committed to Chan to drain floodwater that has accumulated in their project area.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also committed to verify Chan’s complaint that a private lot situated at the Carajay Creek in Barangay Gun-ob that reportedly blocked the waterway in the area, which caused flooding there. Flooding reportedly occurred there when a fishpond previously established there was converted into a residential area.
Chan also plans to meet with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to verify if the area was a registered fishpond.
As a temporary measure, the Lapu-Lapu City Government has acquired water pumps to help suck the flood water in the area.
Chan added they plan to put up a manmade lagoon to help divert the floodwater from the affected residential area.
The City also plans to extend the waterway at the Gabi and Pilipog River which serves as a boundary between Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova town, Chan further added./ GCM/JKV