City receives drainage, flooding study-A A +A
Monday, July 7, 2014
ILOILO City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has received the Geo Science Foundation Inc.'s research study on Iloilo's existing drainage system and flooding situation in the city's 180 villages.
Geo Science was commissioned by the Mines and Geophysics Bureau in June 14-29, 2013 to assess the city and its susceptibility to flooding and landslides. But since Iloilo City is not susceptible to landslide, the study then focused on flooding.
Mabilog said the research-based information and hazard mapping will be included in the 2015 Annual Development Plan of the city, adding that it will help him determine the cost of drainage construction as top priority in low-lying barangays.
He also reiterated that he will look for funds for the construction and rehabilitation of the drainage system in the city. He stressed, though, that he does not want palliative measures to curb flooding due to heavy rains and river water overrun.
City planning and development officer Jose Roni Penalosa, for his part, said the study will help them prioritize flood-prone areas with rankings from low to very high intensity, as well as the duration of floods.
He said all barangays in Iloilo are affected during the rainy season but they will prioritize areas that are severely suffering from floods.