Lawmaker: Mandaue needs funds for its flood control projects

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MANDAUE City Lone District Rep. Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon has allocated over P1 billion for ongoing and upcoming projects for drainage improvement and flood mitigation in the city.

This as the lawmaker has discussed with Mayor Jonas Cortes the need to find resources for flood control projects that are seen to help solve the perennial flooding problem in the highly urbanized city.

Dizon held a closed-door meeting with Cortes on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. The two officials are set to discuss the issues raised during their meeting 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, Sept. 14.

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

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

The lawmaker assured that her office will allocate about P300 million for the flood control projects in Butuanon River.

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

Last Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, the Butuanon River overflowed during 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.

Comprehensive plan

The city government, with the help of DPWH, formulated a comprehensive drainage master plan that included longterm 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 funds 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 has 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 Cabancalan.

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

Dizon said Monday, Sept. 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 Sept. 9 flood, as she is planning to give them financial assistance.

The lawmaker said the fund for the assistance will come from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.