Mandaue seeks nat’l gov’t help

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THE Mandaue City Government has sought the help of the national government to solve its perennial flood problem.

Mayor Jonas Cortes made this announcement on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, during the launching of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Business Summit at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.

Cortes said he coordinated with Mandaue Lone District Rep. Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon to seek appropriate funds from the national government for a comprehensive drainage system to permanently address Mandaue’s flood problem.

Ouano-Dizon, for her part, said she already informed the Department of Public Works and Highways about the matter.

Earlier, the mayor called a meeting with heads of the City’s engineering, planning development, legal, budget and administration offices to tackle the implementation of the comprehensive drainage system.

The system will prioritize flood-prone areas: M.C. Briones St. in Barangay Tipolo, A.C. Cortes Ave. in Barangay Ibabao and A.S. Fortuna St. in Barangay Banilad.

Cortes said there is a need for a total overhaul of the city’s drainages as most of them have been in use for the last 30 to 40 years and can no longer accommodate the water volume during heavy rainfall.

He said the drainage system needs to have larger pipes and more outfalls need to be opened.

The mayor did not say how much the whole project would cost or how long it would take to implement.

Waist-deep floods

Several areas in the city were submerged in knee-to-waist-deep water within minutes of rain following successive downpours in Metro Cebu in the last two weeks.

Badly affected barangays included Tipolo, Subangdaku, Looc and Banilad. The water reached chest level in A.S. Fortuna St., Barangay Banilad as a portion of the nearby Mahiga Creek overflowed.

On Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 17, motorists were stranded for about three hours waiting for floodwaters to subside, said Robert Ian Carungay of the Mandaue Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Banilad Barangay Captain Greg Yap earlier sought the help of Cortes and Ouano-Dizon to address the worsening flood problem in his area, citing the construction of structures along the creek as one reason for it.

But Kelie Ko, MCCI president, said Thursday, Aug. 18, the structures cannot be directly blamed for the problem as the people’s lack of discipline and behavior towards proper waste disposal must also be considered.

Cortes called on the public to dispose of their waste properly and avoid dumping it in waterways as this will only clog drainage and cause floods.

Meanwhile, the Mandaue City Government continues to clear the three-meter easement along major rivers and relocate informal settlers as part of its flood-solving measures.