Public works prioritizes Bacolod’s drainage master plan

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Saturday, June 25, 2011


THE creation of a drainage master plan for Bacolod City is part of the priority project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Western Visayas, according to City Administrator Dr. Rogelio Balo.

Balo said the release of P8 million as an initial fund for the project was confirmed by representatives of the DPWH in the region during a recent regular meeting of the Infrastructure Development Committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) last June 14, 2011 which he attended.

The project was in response to Dr. Balo's presentation, during a meeting of the Infrastructure Development Committee last September, 2010, of the existing conditions in Bacolod City during heavy rains due to its outdated drainage system, causing floods in some business districts of the city.

The RDC Executive Committee passed Ex-Com Resolution No. 7, Series of 2010, requesting the DPWH to prepare for the Formulation of a Drainage Master Plan for the Cities of Iloilo and Bacolod in November 2010.

The resolution stated that the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod are Western Visayas's highly urbanized cities (HUCs) and are among the fastest-growing areas of the country, in terms of population and economic activities.

Every time heavy rains occur, the major thoroughfares and some of the commercial and residential areas of both cities have perennially been experiencing floods because of dilapidated and clogged underground drainage systems and constricted waterways.

The resolution underscored the need to prepare a drainage system master plan for Bacolod City and Iloilo City to establish a more systematic network that will meet the growing needs of the central business districts and nearby suburbs of both cities.

The master plan will include, among others, a waste septage and sewerage system appropriate for the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.

The proposal will be utilized to access technical and grant assistance from the Official Development Assistance (ODA) sources to take advantage of the expertise of other countries in the area of drainage and sewerage management.

Dr. Balo stressed that this Drainage Master Plan is the long-awaited solution to the flooding in some areas of Bacolod.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 25, 2011.

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