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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
THE recent most troubling event experienced by people living in some areas in Metro Cebu is flooding. The inundation these areas underwent may have pricked to the quick the community leaders of these places. According to reports, the resulting floods may have driven them to make instant decisions about the problem. Drainage appears to be an urgent dilemma of the cities.
Naga City is going to spend at least P19 million to purchase equipment to facilitate protection of its people living in so-called flood-prone areas.
While Mandaue City is prepared to spend P20 million for the first phase of a project to fix the drainage in one of (the city’s) flood-prone barangays.
The move of the two Metro Cebu cities demonstrates their capability to undertake the lead in the flood-protection programs of their respective areas of responsibility. The initiatives show to their respective constituents that their local governments are aware of the imperative need to ensure their safety, even as the cost of the projects may drain their resources.
A barangay in Mandaue is said to have at least 17,000 residents who would benefit from its city’s flood control project. Some years ago, a drainage project in the area was undertaken, but instead of solving the drainage problem, it grew worse instead. It turned out that the culverts were installed higher than the ground.
But this time around, the 42-inch culverts that would be installed for the new project would also address the flooding of the neighboring barangays.
Meanwhile, the Naga City administration has purchased 16 closed-circuit TV cameras and other equipment so it would be better prepared for disasters that include floods. The equipment includes water monitors and rain gauges which were installed in the vicinity of the Pangdan river.
The equipment would transmit information to a designated command center called the Enan Chiong Activity Center, which is said to be located just behind the Naga City Hall.
Truth to tell, however, the cities that compose the Metro Cebu cluster of communities are really conducive to suffering flash floods during heavy downpour or prolonged rain.
I know only too well what is meant by prolonged rain. When this happens in our part of the province--the west coast, right at the elongated island’s belly, the water would rise slowly, but in three to four hours, it would already be ankle-deep in my ground floor bedroom.
The cluster of cities includes Mandaue, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay and Naga. And they share the same threat of flood and drainage. (I do not know whether the cities of Carcar, Toledo, Bogo, and Danao that are located far apart, are also having floods and drainage problems.)
At any rate, we should be thankful to the Almighty that our noses are still above-water.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 11, 2013.