Funds for projects vs flooding sought-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Two of the province’s officials are seeking funding for flood control projects in a bid to protect and save lives and properties not only of residents in the eight towns of Pampanga, but nearby provinces in Central Luzon.
Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc (Pampanga, 4th district) asked Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to fund some P240 million worth of flood control projects, while Mabalacat Mayor Marino Morales is also urging the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to provide funding for slope protection projects along the major waterways in the new city.
In letter dated August 12, Bondoc told Singson that the 4th district of Pampanga is the final downstream portion of Central Luzon through which all floodwaters coming from the provinces of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Bulacan "must flow on their way out to the sea via Pampanga Delta."
"When Region 3 is flooded, it can be compared to a bottle full of water capped with a cover. Simply turning the bottle upside down without removing the cover will not cause the bottle to be emptied. This is because the water cannot flow out of the bottle unless the cover is first removed," Bondoc said.
For his part, Morales said thousands of families are always in danger of being engulfed by rushing floodwaters coming from the Clark Freeport.
"To avoid lateral erosions, we have to strengthen the banks of the creek in Barangays Quitangil, Sapang Balen, Camachiles and Lakandula," said Morales.
Slope protection of creeks in several villages here has eroded following heavy rains over the past few days.
Bondoc said that unless the waterways and flood control structures of the 4th district is maintained, flood control efforts in the City of San Fernando and in the other districts of Pampanga, and the other affected provinces of the region, will not result in relieving the flooding as the water cannot flow out.
"We must first remove the cover, or in this case, clear the 4th district's waterways and maintain its flood structures," Bondoc said.
Meanwhile, Morales said the damaged slope protection in Mabalacat badly needs reinforcement.
"In the event that the floodwaters coming from the Clark Freeport Zone breach the slope protection, thousands of families will be displaced," said Morales.
"Habang maaga pa po, ako ay nanawagan sa mga kinauukulan ng Clark Development Corporation at BCDA na magbigay ng tulong para sa slope protection projects," said Morales.
In a related development, at least 1,000 families received relief goods from the city government, CDC and SM Management during relief missions at the height of monsoon rains.
Thousands of residents in Barangays Mangalit, Sapang Balen, Sto. Rosario, San Francisco, Duquit and Tabun received canned goods and packs of rice during the humanitarian outreach response.The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council assisted in the relief operations.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 23, 2013.