Celso moves to start anti-flooding project PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 11:47

By DEXTER YAP

Wasting no time to deliver services to the constituents of the city, District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat took the first step on the proposal to put up a pumping station along Pilar St.

Lobregat has chosen the location for the pumping station because the area is a basin of rainwater and drainage submersion during rainy season, contributing to the floods in other parts of the city proper.

The congressman made a thorough study on this project which was also supported by the urban core barangay officials who recommended to him the undertaking of that vital infrastructure project.

Immediately after his oath-taking as a re-elected congressman on June 30,  Lobregat convened the planning and structural experts of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to talk about this matter and conduct a feasibility study.

Engr. Grecile Christopher Damo of DPWH Central Office together with DPWH Regional Office 9 Engineers Rogelio Atilano and William Escuadro presented to Lobregat the masterplan on the establishment of the pumping station in the identified location.

After hearing the inputs and discussion on on the project, Congressman Lobregat and the DPWH officials was joined by City Planning Officer Rodrigo Sicat and representatives from the City Engineer’s Office in the conduct of an ocular inspection of the waterways and the possible site where this multi-million project will be established

The group started their rounds at the Southern City Colleges premises where rain water from most of the drainage systems of the city proper converged, Lantaka and Paseo del Mar area, Filipinas Furniture drainage area along Veterans Avenue to Sta. Catalina area as well as the adjoining drainage systems leading to the seashore where the rainwater is being released.

“As you can see, the entire Pilar Street is flooded during rainy season, and due to this, all of the business establishments in the area suffer from flooding. Worst, it also spread to adjacent city streets causing traffic jam and sanitation problems that’s why we need to address this,” Lobregat said.

Being the concurrent vice-chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Lobregat is set to make the necessary representation in Congress and will ask DPWH to include in their 2017 national budget the appropriation of enough amount thru congressional initiatives intended for the construction of the pumping station in Pilar St. and in its outlying areas to prevent flooding.

“I remain steadfast in delivering worthy public service to our constituents in the city, I promised to deliver and that’s why I am here to do it in all efforts that I can to alleviate the lives of our people,” Lobregat said.

Recall that towards the end of his previous term as representative of District 1, Lobregat broke the record of having the highest number of infrastructure projects constructed through national funds and congressional initiatives for the entire Zamboanga City.

“It takes efforts and a lot of follow-up with national government agencies to procure these projects. Iit didn’t happen overnight. I am glad I was able to make it and deliver the services due to our people,” Lobregat said. – Dexter Yap