Resource persons who were invited to attend the meeting of the Committee on Engineering and Public Works, presided by Councilor Manuel Patrimonio, expressed their preference for Option 2 of the 3 proposed plans presented by DPWH to solve the intermittent flood in the Banilad national highway.
The DPWH said that option 2 requires the construction of earth dikes on the upstream creek alignment, Open Channel (12m width by 3 m height) middle alignment; 2- 6m Span x 3.5m Height Box Culvert (Road Crossings); channel excavation on the downstream alignment (800 m) with projected cost of P 56 million.
However, the representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways clarified that what they presented was only the results of the project study with estimates of the 3 options and that the agency does not have the required funds yet.
Other highlights of the meeting:
1. The administration of City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has allocated P 10 Million for the construction/rehabilitation of structures defining lagnasan waterways in Barangays Bajumpandan, Banilad, and Mangnao will be taken from the Annual Investment Program (AIP) for 2022 of the 5% of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Fund.
2. For the construction of a box culvert in the national highway, the City Engineering’s Office will refer it to the DPWH. The CEO will also come up with a program of work plus an action plan regarding the project.
3. City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Leonides Caro will survey the areas that will be affected by the proposed alignment of waterways. As soon as the final list will be available, negotiation for the affected houses will be initiated by the concerned barangays namely Bajumpandan, Cantil-e, Banilad, Junob, and Mangnao.
4. Engr. Caro appealed to the barangay officials to come up with an ordinance or resolution restricting residents to build houses or any structure near or at the location where the alignment of waterways will be determined. She added that as soon as the project will be done, the affected barangays must continue to conduct regular maintenance and declogging of the drainage canals and waterways to prevent floods.
Among those present during Friday’s committee are Executive Assistant for Security Concerns retired General Rey Lyndon T. Lawas, City Engineer Edwin C. Quirit, CPDO Engr. Leonides Caro, Barangay Captains Pacencio Maquiling of Banilad and Ramel Tayko of Mangnao along with several of the affected residents.
Finally, the Committee will meet again next month to present the list of houses that will be affected by the project, present the programs of work of the box culvert in the national highway and action plan.