City and barangay officials are hopeful that lot owners, whose properties will be affected of the proposed flood control project in Barangay Banilad, will cooperate in order to finally provide relief and long term solution to the recurring floods affecting the residential and commercial establishments particularly along the Banilad-Mangnao national highway.
This was the appeal and consensus during the recent meeting of the Committee on Engineering and Public Works chaired by Councilor Manuel Patrimonio along with members Councilors Manuel Sagarbarria, Lilani Ramon and Edgar Lentorio Jr. participated by the DPWH, concerned barangay officials and affected residents of Barangays Mangnao and Banilad.
It was recommended that among the 3 options previously presented by DPWH, Option 3 would be more prudent since the infrastructure project will only affect less number of properties and their lot owners.
Option 3 requires construction of earth dikes on the upstream reaches, open Canal(10 m width by 3 m height), 2- 6m Span x 3.5m Height Box Culvert (Road Crossings) and Connect to Bagacay – Mangnao Creek with proposed floodway downstream of Bagacay – Mangnao Creek.
Councilor Lilani Ramon, who also chairs the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, said that there is an existing initial budget of P 8 million as Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo pledged to provide additional appropriation that can be taken from the 5% DRRM fund of Fiscal Year 2022.
For his part, Councilor Lentorio assured that the realization of the design of the project will be a shared burden to all affected households and the local government in terms of land sharing where the alignment of waterways will be constructed.
City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Leonides Caro said that the City Government will need the inputs and assistance of the barangay officials for the required right of way acquisition, design of the structure and negotiation with lot owners.
The City Engineer’s Office is finishing the program of work so that the project can commence to the next stage.
The concerned barangay officials are requested by the Committee to consolidate the land titles of the affected properties in order for the city to measure the areas where the canals will be possibly constructed.