Beng eyes legal action vs river ‘obstructions’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:24

Mayor Beng Climaco has instructed the City Legal Office to study the possibility of taking legal actions against the owners of illegal structures like fish cages cum fishponds located in the middle of the riverbeds in Barangay Zambowood, east of this city.

This, after Mayor Climaco led a group of city officials in an inspection of rip rapping projects on riverbanks from Tugbungaun up to Zambowood yesterday morning.

“We intend together with the City Engineer’s Office, the City Legal Office and the City Planning Office to come up with legal measures to clear the river of any and all obstructions,” Climaco said.

One measure, she said, is to come up with an ordinance that will prohibit construction of all sort obstructions on riverbeds and remove the existing ones.

Another measure is for the CEO to immediately repair dilapidated ripraps using the emergency funds of the city government.

On the other hand, the City Planning Office together with the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the barangay chairman of Tugbungan have been tasked to identify the projects that need immediate repair.

The city chief executive likewise mulled on extensive cleanup of river in Tugbungan, Zambowood, Mampang and Arena Blanco to allow free flow of water, thus preventing swelling of the river in times of heavy downpour.

As early as 8 a.m. yesterday, Climaco and other city officials boarded on seven bancas at Tugbugbungan River and sailed up stream to Zambowood to see for themselves the condition of existing riprap projects on riverbanks.

True enough, they found out some ripraps had already collapsed while one or two hanging bridges bore some defects.

Joining the inspection were Councilors Jawo Jimenez, Eddie Saavedra, Gerry Perez, City Engineer Luis Despalo, City Planning Officer Rodrigo Sicat, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, City Hall Chief Executive Officer Michael Saavedra, Arturo Cabidog Jr. of the City Legal Office, other personnel and Tugbungan Chairman Lino Graciano.— Vic Larato