Friday July 20, 2018

Mayor vows to solve Banilad loop road flooding

DUMAGUETE City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo assured that the City Government will take the necessary steps to address the flooding problem in the Banilad loop road that continues to pose a threat to human lives and property.

Remollo gave his assurance after residents complained of flooding following heavy rainfall Sunday evening, May 14. The flooding left portions of the road scoured, ditches gaping wider, and debris scattered even down to the national highway.

This particular road, which forms a loop connecting Banilad to Bajumpandan, traverses the slaughterhouse and the city jail.

The problem was elevated to the City Government back then, but previous administrations failed to resolve it.

Remollo, during his first term in office several years back, had in fact ordered that a drainage system be constructed in the lower Banilad area, but that, too, did not work.

During heavy rainfall, the road turns into a mini-river, stranding residents in the area, and causing flooding downstream to the highway and onwards the sea.

Remollo cited Monday the need for a “masterplan” for the sewage/drainage system there, considering that the City Government will break ground in about two months’ time its new government center in the Bajumpandan-Banilad area.

The mayor promised that he will send a team on Wednesday, May 17, to do a site inspection in the areas constantly affected by flooding, apparently caused by a creek that overflows during heavy downpour. (PNA)