The Department of Public Works and Highways has a budget of PHP1.5 billion for the implementation of the comprehensive drainage system master plan for Bacolod City for 2018, Bacolod City District Engineer Abraham Villareal said yesterday.
Villareal said this will be used for the clearing or improvement of the Magsungay river, the Cabacawan creek in the boundary of Murcia and Bacolod, and Mandalagan, Pahanocoy, and Lupit rivers. This will also include the drainage systems of the Circumferential and boundary roads, Lacson Street, and some local roads.
The program will help mitigate flooding or ease the effects of flooding in Bacolod, he said.
Villareal said they still lack funds because, aside from the improvement of the rivers, they have other problems like the removal of informal settlers. They need to file injunction cases against these informal settlers.
Executive assistant Jose Maria Vargas, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said the city has set P40 million for flood control over the P30 million it allocated last year.
They continue to maintain the drainage systems in the city except in national roads, which are under the DPWH, he said.
Dondon Parandas, of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, yesterday said they have identified areas in Bacolod where the budget will be used.
Parandas said the city is coordinating with the DPWH in the implementation of the drainage master plan to address the flooding problem in Bacolod City.
The flood control team of the CDRMMO is only involved in the mitigation of flood, he said.
During a flood control clearing operation they conducted, they observed that one of the causes of flood is the drainage system that needs rehabilitation, aside from piles of garbage, Parandas said.
He said water rose in barangays Bata and Mandalagan, 11 th and 13 th streets, Lacson Street, Lopue's East, the exit of the Bacolod City Government Center, Bangga Cory and Magsaysay Street during heavy rains. But there were no evacuations.
Parandas said a problem they have observed in the drainage system along the Circumferential Road, especially in front of Save More, is that every time it rains, water comes out of the manhole. This is because the culvert pipes are small and need replacement or rehabilitation.
He is enjoining the participation of the public in the clearing of the drainage systems in their areas and to observe proper disposal of their garbage to prevent flooding, he said.*CGS
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