Concerned officials and agencies participated in a recent consultation on how to effectively control floods in the different areas of the city especially during heavy rains.
The meeting spearheaded by Councilor Franklin D. Esmeña Jr., Deputy Mayor for Engineering and Public Works and Councilor Rey Lyndon Lawas, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety collected information and explored solutions on how to prevent a repeat of the August 7, 2022 flooding in low-lying and coastal areas of the city.
Aside from the huge volume of rainfall, it was also found that some owners of properties are obstructing certain portions of the drainage canal system causing the overflow.
Authorities will call the attention of these owners so they will understand the effect of their actions.
It was also reiterated for the City Environment and Natural Resources, in coordination with the barangays, to conduct and maintain the declogging of the drainage canal by removing garbage, silt and other materials blocking the free flow of water.
Finally, engineering interventions are also being proposed for possible funding and implementation to improve the drainage system of the flood-prone areas and strict enforcement of waste segregation and collection among households and business establishments.
In attendance are Office of Civil Defense Region 7 Director Marlou L. Salazar, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Allen Froilan Cabaron II, personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways, City Engineer’s Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office and the Punong Barangays of flood-prone areas.