Climaco tasks CEO, GSO to keep drainages clear PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:11

by JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

As monsoon rains continue to pour in, Mayor Beng Climaco directed the City Engineer’s Office and the General Services Office to keep the City’s drainage channels clear from obstructions to prevent and mitigate flooding incidences.

“The General Services Office and the City Engineer’s Office must be on top of the situation,” said Climaco Monday morning, June 29.

The chief executive explained no official directive is needed as the maintenance of the City’s drainage systems is a responsibility of the said offices.

On Friday, June 26, heavy rainfall resulted in a surge of flood water which rendered several streets unpassable.

While flooding in geographically low-lying areas such as Pilar Street is a perennial concern, Climaco believes that a restructuring of the drainage system is a more durable and viable solution than installing a pumping station in the area.

“I don’t think the pumping station will resolve the problem once and for all kasi bahura gat ele,” said Climaco.

“Necesita siguro estudya gayot, y alegra y compone el deaton City Engineer because this is a perennial problem. They need to restructure it in such a way that the level of the drainage and the level of the sidewalk will not be covering the passage of the water,” she added.

Yesterday afternoon, Climaco suspended classes in the elementary and secondary levels due to the continuing rains.

An advisory was likewise issued to residents residing in riverbanks and coastal areas to take precautionary measures.

In the meantime, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) remains on full-alert to respond to cases of flooding and other rain-related incidents.

Residents are enjoined to report emergencies and other untoward incidents to CDRRMO hotlines 926-9273 to 74 and 09177113536, or to PNP hotlines 991-5656 or 062-117. — Jasmine Mohammadsali