City dredges Tugbungan river to avert flooding PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:01

In anticipation of the rainy season, the City Government has started dredging, desiltation and cleaning of the 5-kilomneter stretch Tugbungan river which is perennially the cause of flooding in the barangay.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, who oversees the project said the undertaking will cover 38-working days and costs approximately P500,000.

The project started June 30 and is being undertaken by a private contractor. It starts in Barigon and ends in Bucana and is expected to mitigate incidences of flooding in the barangay.

It is recalled that last April 8, Mayor Beng Climaco led a group of city officials in an inspection of rip rapping projects on riverbanks from Tugbungan up to Zambowood.

As a result of the inspection, the mayor ordered on extensive cleanup of rivers in Tugbungan, Zambowood, Mampang and Arena Blanco to allow free flow of water, with the end in view of preventing swelling of the river in times of heavy downpour.

The mayor likewise during the inspection 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.

“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. — Sheila Covarrubias