P70M to help solve flooding-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
SOME P70 million worth of drainage and flood control projects in Cebu City’s north district are lined up for 2013, including the dredging of Subangdaku River at the North Reclamation Area (NRA).
The dredging of the mouth of Subangdaku River and the construction of drainage systems are seen to address the flooding in Barangay Mabolo and NRA during heavy rains, said Engineer Nicomedes Leonor, head of the Cebu City Engineering District.
Flood control and prevention projects will take up about P70 million of the P414 million worth of projects allocated for the north district.
To dredge Subangdaku River, where the Mahiga Creek exits, DPWH set aside P20.8
Because the mouth of the river is heavily silted, water flowing downstream backflows during heavy rains, causing Mahiga Creek to overflow and resulting in flood and heavy traffic at the NRA, particularly the areas around SM City Cebu.
In an interview last Tuesday, Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district) said the projects will be funded and undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7, and is separate from projects covered by his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Cebu City Drainage Master Plan.
The dredging of the mouth of Subangdaku River beside the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) has been pending for several years already.
Mayor Michael Rama wanted the river’s mouth cleared of silt, plastic and other garbage in 2011 yet, but due to lack of funds, he asked the CPA to shoulder the cost of the dredging. The CPA has yet to deliver on its promise.
Del Mar said the City and CPA may already have an agreement regarding the funds, but the flooding is an urgent problem that cannot wait until both parties work out funding problems.
“Sige na lang ug naa silay sabot kay kung maghuwat pa ta, the flooding will continue.
We should not worry about duplication, you should worry about the urgency of the project being addressed,” he told reporters.
Del Mar, who facilitated the inclusion of the projects in the DPWH’s budget, said the items are already good as approved.
Another flood prevention project identified during the term of former mayor Tomas Osmeña was the rechanneling of Mahiga Creek, which required the laying of large culverts to alter the course of the water.
But because the City failed to negotiate with owners of private lots beside the creek, the culverts that the City bought remain unused.
Other flood control and drainage projects included in DPWH’s budget are the construction of box culverts on Gen. Maxilom Extension, which will address flooding near Queensland Lodge and the White Gold House, and on Juan Luna Ave., which will redirect floodwater to the creek beside the Mabolo Police Station.
Last month, a residential area on Juan Luna Ave. experienced heavy flooding, submerging houses in neck-deep water.
Some P20 million worth of small water impounding projects will also be constructed in the mountain barangays of Pulangbato, Budlaan and Adlaon, and the construction of T. Padilla-Tejero Bridge, which will allow water to flow out into the sea.
National roads in the north district, including drainage, will also be upgraded and reconstructed, which will cost DPWH some P23.8 million.
Leonor said his office consulted Cebu City Engineer Kenneth Enriquez when they planned the drainage and flood control projects, to make sure these will complement the projects of the City.
“In case there is any duplication, we can easily realign the funds for other projects because some of these are lump sum allocations,” he explained.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2013.