Lawmaker: Funds for Mandaue flood control projects needed

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MANDAUE Lone District Representative Emmarie "Lolypop" Ouano-Dizon had discussed with Mayor Jonas Cortes the need to find resources for flood control projects that are seen to help solve the perennial flooding in the city.

Dizon had a closed-door meeting with Cortes on Saturday, September 10, and the two officials are set to discuss with executives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regarding the matter on Wednesday, September 14.

She said Monday, September 12, that their discussion would focus on formulating measures to address the worsening flood problem and overflowing of the Mandaue rivers during heavy rains.

She said there is a need for coordinated efforts in finding resources for the city’s flood control projects.

She assured, though, that her office will allocate about P300 million for the Butuanon River's flood control projects.

She said the DPWH would revisit the site to prepare the program of work that needs to be done.

On September 9, the Butuanon River overflowed after a downpour that caused flooding to at least 11 Mandaue barangays and displaced about 500 families or 1,837 individuals.

Heavily affected areas were Barangays Casuntingan, Tabok, Tingub, and Umapad, where about 675 houses were damaged and 16 were wiped out.

Earlier, the City Government, with the help of DPWH, came up with a comprehensive drainage master plan that included long-term flood mitigation projects for Mandaue City in 2017.

Architect Marlo Ocleasa, head of the City Planning and Development Office, said the drainage plan might take a few more years before being implemented as the City Government has no available fund for the projects yet.

He said, though, that phases one and two of the drainage master plan are about to be finished with the help of DPWH.

For her part, Dizon said her congressional fund had financed about P233 million for the ongoing drainage projects.

These projects are road concreting with drainage facilities in Barangays Cabangcalan, Casuntingan, Labogon, Mantuyong, Opao, Tabok, Tipolo, including CD Seno Street in Barangay Umapad, M. Logarta Street in Barangay Subangdaku, and flood control structures along the Butuanon River in the portion of Barangay Cabangcalan.

Dizon said she also allocated P494 million for the upcoming flood mitigation and drainage system within the portion of the Butuanon River in Barangays Paknaan, Tabok and Alang-Alang, other principal rivers such as Basak and Jagobiao creeks, and other flood-prone areas such as Barangays Umapad, Tabok, and Banilad.

Dizon said Monday, September 12, that her office has also been coordinating with the City Social Welfare and Services to identify the total number of people affected by the September 9 flood, as she is planning to give them financial assistance.

The Cebuana lawmaker said the fund for the assistant will come from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (HIC)