The Bacolod City Engineers Office and the Department of Public Works and Highways have vowed to work closely together and synchronize their efforts at addressing the flood problem in Bacolod City.
The CEO and DPWH engineers met Friday with Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Rep. Greg Gasataya.
Leonardia called the meeting in the wake of Friday's flooding which saw waters rising even in places that had not been flooded before.
The mayor asked the engineers to look into critical areas, report on the caused of the floods, and come up with measures to address them.
Leonardia said, “we need to synchronize the efforts of the CEO and DPWH to satisfactorily address the flood problem.”
City Engineer Belly Aguillon and DPWH District Engineer Abraham Villareal led the engineers at the meeting.
“For one, we cannot just clean the drainage system along our city roads and forget the ones along national roads,” Leonardia added. We will just be transferring the problem from one area to another,” he said.
City roads are the responsibility of the city government under the mayor, while national roads are under the congressman and the DPWH.
“Finding a solution to the floods demand that both local and national governments work together,” Leonardia said. I think this is going to be a test of our new-found political unity in the city,” he added.
For the first time in Bacolod, the mayor, vice mayor and the congressman all come from the same party.
Friday's meeting, that also discussed flooding in schools, was held at the office of Bacolod City schools division superintendent Cynthia Demavivas.
Also in the meeting were Councilor Elmer Sy, City Administrator John Orola Jr. and representatives of all flood-mitigating agencies.*
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