Table Talk : Flooded barangays in three days of rain PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:38

BY Mike S Apostol

So much has still to be done to improve our drainage system in the city to avert future damage to properties and lives of the city’s residents. In only three days of continuous rain, hundreds of thousands worth of properties were damaged and perhaps double that amount for relief and rehabilitation by the city government. In far flung barangays food crops and other agricultural products were also destroyed by flash floods mostly caused by overflowing of rivers making flood control systems river banks ineffective. One could imagine the gravity of the damages it may cause after one week of rainfall in the city.
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Unusual flash floods have been thoroughly explained by almost all government agencies to the people are caused by rampant cutting of forest trees and soil erosion caused by small scale or crude mining. Lately, it was found out that too much harvesting of sand and gravel in our river banks also contributes to the overflowing of rivers since sand and gravel are buffers between the river and the land. However in all of these warnings coming from the city and national government, some incorrigible people still lend a deaf ear to these appeals, all because of easy money. Poverty is never a reason, because there is a better way to earn a decent living without destroying nature if only some people will not refuse to understand or simply obey the law and the government. The only way to minimize the damage caused by nature because of people’s hardheadedness is adopt a swift and strict law to punish these enemies of nature and perhaps barangays officials should be deputized by government to monitor our forest and adopt a law punishing severely government officials found to be in cahoots with these illegal loggers and poachers.
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In the city proper, some barangays need better and larger drainage system to catch the overflow of rain water in our city roads and highways, similar to that improved drainage constructed at the San Roque cemetery going to barangay San Jose Gusu passing Tabuk.  That installed drainage solved the street flooding of main San Jose Gusu street going to Southcom. This system must be copied and installed in all city barangays that experience damaging floods in their city streets. Also, those existing streets with completed drainage system but still experience street flooding is caused by clogging of the drainage because barangay residents are dumping their thrash and garbage into the drainage itself. Barangay officials should from time to time monitor these completed drainage systems and order their tanods to arrest people caught dumping their thrash into the drainage. Perhaps with a concerted effort and cooperation by all government officials in strictly implementing  laws on garbage and sanitation, street flooding in the city will be minimized to a tolerable level at lesser expense and work for the government. Political will is the answer.
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Scoop: The City Government must adopt a two-prong approach to its infrastructure projects. First implement those that are considered “priority” and second support those prioritized projects with a full budget costing at the present day cost and not base the cost of the project five years earlier. Construction materials and labor cost have increased almost doubled if compared five years ago. These are the reasons why our infrastructure projects are below standard. “Saving for the rainy day” should not only be taken literally. It should be “The city is save from the rainy day”. See the difference? Agree or disagree.