Cebu City’s drainage master plan ‘outdated, no longer useful’

CEBU City’s 15-year-old drainage master plan is already outdated, and implementing it may no longer solve the city’s flooding problems.

This was City Engineer Kenneth Carmelita Enriquez’s reply to the City Council’s request in a resolution dated May 28, 2019 to provide them with a copy of the drainage master plan.

Enriquez said the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) crafted the master plan in 2004 yet, and it needs to be updated since the recommendations the engineers made are no longer relevant to the present situation.

It includes building rainwater catchment and infiltration beds, detention ponds or mini-dams, and channel and drainage improvements.

The city engineer advised against using the master plan because the recommendations may no longer be useful.

“Probably their recommendations may or may not be useful now. We have to evaluate everything again, and that would take time,” said Enriquez.

The councilors wanted to see the City’s drainage plan so they could be guided on what needs to be done to address the flooding in the city.

Some roads get easily inundated whenever there’s a downpour, particularly those in the downtown area, leaving pedestrians and motorists stranded.

Instead of making a new drainage master plan, Enriquez suggested using the master plan made by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which she said is updated.

The DPWH’s master plan was crafted in 2016, according to Enriquez.

In an interview on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, she said she would rather use the DPWH’s drainage plan so the City can immediately implement flood control projects.

The time DEPW would take to make a new plan could be used to make the detailed engineering design for the projects recommended by the DPWH, Enriquez added.

Meanwhile, the DEPW has continued declogging the waterways and rivers in the city.

Enriquez said most of the drainage systems are clogged with plastic and water cannot flow to the canals.

One of their goals, she added, is to restore the waterways. (JJL)


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