P2B eyed for projects to stem Cebu City floods, landslides

THE Cebu City Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) has proposed almost P2 billion worth of infrastructure projects that can help mitigate the city’s flooding and landslide problems.

According to its submitted budget for 2023 for construction services, the department will spend P600 million for the construction of retention ponds at frequently flooded areas and another P600 million for drainage projects.

The DEPW has also allocated P600 million for infrastructure that aims to “slope protection on landslide-prone areas.”

Another P196 million is also being set aside for construction of dams in the city’s upland area.

Aside from this, the department has also allocated another P57 million for the purchase of heavy equipment that will be used for the dredging of rivers and creeks.

DEPW maintenance division head Guillermo Viola told SunStar Cebu Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, that the proposed infrastructure projects do not yet have any detailed engineering plans since there are no appropriations as of the moment.

Once the City Council approves the proposed amounts for the projects, the DEPW will create the plan and identify the possible sites where the flood control projects can be constructed, he said.

Viola added that the amounts requested by the DEPW are just estimates and are not necessarily the exact amounts that the projects will cost.

He further explained that the infrastructure and programs being eyed by the DEPW hope to address flooding concerns, especially during downpours.

“Kanang mga retention ponds, usa man na sa solution nga pugngan nimo ang tubig sa taas nga dili na moabot sa silong,” said Viola.

(Retentions ponds are among the solutions to prevent water on higher ground from reaching lower-lying areas.)

In 2021 and 2022, the DEPW did not allocate any funds for the purchase of dredging equipment or infrastructure projects that can address flooding in the city.