CEO cleans up canals, drainage system anew Print
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:06

Maintenance crew from the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) began anew massive clean-up of canals and drainage systems in the downtown area Monday a day after a quick but heavy rain submerged major downtown streets with flood water.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, whose office was tasked to oversee the corrective measures, said improper disposal of waste materials, particularly non-biodegradable garbage such as plastics and even tires contribute to the clogging of street canals and drainage system that caused severe flooding in Pilar Street to Veterans Avenue and Gov. Llim Avenue to Nunez Street among others.

Another obstruction to the free flow of water is the installation of water pipes in drainage systems, according to Apolinario.

He said CEO crew regularly unclogs canals and drainage facilities in anticipation of rains due to climate change but the lack of discipline of residents renders the effort futile.

Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked the CDRRMO to convene together with the CEO, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR), City Planning and Development Coordinator (CPDC) and City Administrator’s Office including the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to come up with a concrete solution to the perennial flooding problem in some streets downtown.

Apolinario said a technical working group will have to be created composed of the mentioned offices to make a study on the drainage system of the city and how they can be improved to prevent flooding during rains.

The DPWH, he added, has set aside funds for the construction of the drainage system in national roads downtown but the same will be implemented in 2018. The feasibility study is still ongoing. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)