Tumaga subdivision plan under thorough review PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:33

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Concerned City Government offices are re-evaluating the revised subdivision plan submitted by the Caridad Murga Homeowners Association in Tumaga, the site of a tragic fire last October 5 and frequent flooding when heavy rains occur.

The revised plan was forwarded to the City Mayor’s Office, City Engineer’s office, City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) for evaluation as to the area’s vulnerability to frequent flooding whenever heavy rains occur.

In addition, City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat said the subdivision plan was tackled by the Zoning Board as findings by the OCENR and CEO indicate that flood mitigating structures and flood resilient housing need to be put in place so that the residents thereat will not be affected by flooding.

Recall that after the fire incident in the area last October 5, residents of Caridad Murga compound are requesting Mayor Beng Climaco and the property owner to allow them to go back to the area. However, the City Government deems it proper, that a thorough evaluation be made on the plan since the said area is flood-prone so as not to expose the residents to environmental hazards.

It is for this reason that proper subdivision planning according to existing guidelines must be strictly followed, according to Sicat.

The said area- the Caridad Murga Compound in Tumaga was struck by fire last Oct. 5 killing an elderly and a minor and displacing over 200 families. Last October 2013, the area was also heavily flooded when incessant rains hit the city and the area continues to suffer the same fate whenever heavy rains occur. — Sheila Covarrubias