Mandaue City will need 10 years to finish drainage master plan

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MANDAUE City will have to wait a decade for its comprehensive drainage master plan to be fully implemented.

Marlo Ocleasa, head of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), told SunStar Cebu on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 that the City needs ample time to revise the plan and ensure that it will address the current flood problem.

He said the original plan was created in 2017 with the coordination of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“We need to revisit the plan to check if those implemented were effective and improve those not yet implemented and see if there are added priorities,” Ocleasa said.

DPWH 7 Director Ernesto Gregorio Jr., in a separate interview, echoed his sentiment.

Gregorio pointed out that since the plan was initiated almost five years ago, some of its sections may not be effective with the current flood situation in the city.

“The condition is different, especially with the increasing number of informal settlers. We may need new structures that are not in the plan,” he said in Tagalog.

He said he already talked with Mandaue Lone District Rep. Emmarie Ouano-Dizon regarding all the requirements for the project to continue.

In August, Mayor Jonas Cortes met with heads of the city engineering, planning development, legal, budget and administration offices to discuss reviving the comprehensive drainage master plan after the city experienced flooding with knee- up to chest-deep waters after successive rains.

Ocleasa said the plan comes in phases, which cover drainage restructuring and overhauling in major waterways, such as the Butuanon River, Mahiga Creek, Tipolo Creek and other areas in the city.

He said phases 1 and 2 of the project amounting to P1.5 billion are in the process of completion with the help of the DPWH. He did not say how many more phases there are for the drainage plan to be fully completed.

Ocleasa reiterated that the City lacks funds to keep the project going, stressing that the City Government can only finance below P150 million.

On Aug. 18, Cortes asked the national government for additional funds to jumpstart the project.

Ocleasa said additional money from the national government will expedite work, but the process will probably take 10 years.