Celso cites feasibility study onTumaga river flood control PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2011 15:38

Mayor Celso Lobregat has expressed his all out support to the national government’s plan to establish an efficient and effective flood control and drainage project  for Tumaga river stressing that the city government is also doing its share in helping arrest flooding problems in the area.

This, as the consulting firm deputized by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Wednesday morning presented the progress review of the master plan and feasibility study of the Tumaga flood control and drainage project in a consultative meeting attended by representatives of the local government unit and the flood prone barangays along Tumaga river.

Mayor Lobregat admitted that Zamboanga City is topographically comprised of low lying areas mainly because at one point in time the city was mostly a swamp area with mangroves prevailing on most coastal barangays.

Given this situation, flooding occurs whenever a heavy downpour inundates the city and because of this perennial problem during rainy season the city government has initiated the massive construction of flood control and drainage projects.

In Tumaga River, Lobregat said, the city government last year embarked on the construction of slope protection and rip rapping projects that cover the areas of Guiwan, Tetuan, Tumaga and Tugbungan at a cost of P17.7 million. He said the project will continue until the flooding problem will be fully arrested.

“I am glad this consultative meeting is being conducted in our desire to finally implement Tumaga river flood control and drainage system after a thoroughly conducted feasibility study and carefully crafted master plan”, the mayor said in his welcome message during the consultative meeting.
The DPWH has hired the services of the ProConsult Engineers Co., the JF Canco and Associates for the conduct of the master plan and the feasibility study on Tumaga river.

City Planning and Development Officer Melinda Cabato said the consulting firm is expected to integrate all the comments and reactions of the different stakeholders aired during the consultative meeting Wednesday and present the study anew to the concerned group before it can be considered final.

The City Development Council (CDC) last February 21 approved a resolution favorably endorsing the master plan and the study to the Regional Development Council (RDC).

Participants to the consultative meeting included representatives from the City Planning and Development Office, DPWH, District Engineer’s Office, flood prone barangays and concerned LGUs and government agencies. — Sheila Covarrubias