City collaborates with DPWH for drainage system overhaul PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:33

The City Government is closely collaborating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the implementation of a massive renovation of the city’s drainage system in a bid to resolve perennial flooding in some major streets downtown.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr. Elmeir Apolinario on Monday convened a meeting with representatives from the DPWH, Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Zamboanga City Water District, City Administrator’s Office and City Engineer’s Office among others to discuss long term solutions to the drainage problems in the city proper area.

The DPWH, according to Apolinario, has an allocation of P200 million for the construction of an impounding dam in the Sta. Catalina-Sta. Barbara area. A feasibility study has already been made for the implementation of the said project.

The CDRRMO said the city, through a technical working group, is also bent on undertaking measures to rehabilitate the existing canals and drainage systems specifically in the flood-prone areas such as Pilar Street, Gov. Lim Avenue and Veterans Avenue among others. However, he said, what is necessary is a close coordination between the DPWH and the LGU and other concerned agencies to ensure that the projects are synchronized.

The ZCWD and Zamcelco including telecommunication companies should also be on board as they utilize the roads for their utility services, according to Apolinario. “We want to make sure that no problems will be encountered by the time we implement the drainage system project.”

Massive declogging of canals and drainage systems undertaken by CEO personnel downtown yielded non-biodegradable wastes including tires and sand and gravel. Water pipes are also discovered to have been installed in drainage systems and canals. (Sheila Covarrubias)