Village preps for rains, floods

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Saturday, June 28, 2014


ANGELES CITY – Barangay Pandan headed by Chairman Jerry Alejandrino in this city has started preparing for the rainy season and impending flooding.

Village councilman Bernardo Villavicencio said that Alejandrino has already initiated sandbagging operations to let avert flooding in the barangay in the midst of the on-going rehabilitation and widening of the Pandan-Magalang Road which the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) would be “finished ahead of schedule.”

“Di lang po sigurodo yung barangay council kung matatapos yun sa takdang panahon dahil nakikita namin na marami pang kulang. Kung talagang darating yung baha, malaki yun, dahil nga hindi pa tapos yung daan. As much as possible, pinamamadali naming yung paggawa ng daan, para sa ganun darating yung rainy season, meron nang daraanan ang tubig sa mga gagawing kanal ng DPWH,” he said.

According to Villavicencio, the barangay council is conducting de-clogging and cleaning of alleys and existing waterways to avert impending floods.

“Mostly po preparado itong Barangay Pandan as far as evacuation is concerned, kasi meron naman po eh,” he said.

Villavicencio also disclosed that the village council has proposed to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council the purchase of boats from their calamity fund to have the barangay fully prepared in case of flooding.

“Hindi natin maa-anticipate kung gaano kalaki. Pero huwag sana ng lumaking malaking-malaki kasi (yung baha) baka kakailanganin namin ng bangka,” Villavicencio said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 29, 2014.

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