Nuño twits critics on ‘melting’ yarn PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 December 2011 16:42

“Thank God, Zamboanga City is not submerged nor is it melting”.
Councilor Abdurahman Nuño, chairman of the Council Committee on Disaster said as he monitors situations in the 98 barangays following reports that adjacent provinces and cities including some areas in Dapitan City are underwater due to flooding triggered by tropical typhoon Sendong.

“We thank God that Zamboanga City is not submerged in water, neither is the city melting. So hinde amo el ta abla sila kay ta diriti el Zamboanga,” the councillor twitted in reference to a criticism by a Zamboanga del Norte politician recently that Zamboanga City is “melting”.

According to Nuño, he is monitoring the situation in the different barangays in the city for possible effects of the tropical storm in view of forecasts by the government’s weather bureau indicating that Zamboanga Peninsula will be hit by Sendong.

Reports show that floodwaters hit Zamboanga del Norte specifically Polanco town as well as the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed the death of one person when storm-spawned floodwaters hit Zamboanga del Norte. Over a hundred people were also
affected by the flooding in the area.

The councillor, who is also the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, said he is also thankful that perennial flood-prone areas in Zamboanga are no longer submerged during heavy rains due to constant clean-up drives, declogging of drainage and the implementation of an effective drainage system by the city government.

These areas include barangay Sta. Catalina and San Jose Gusu and the neighbouring areas where drainage systems initiated by the city government are effectively and efficiently working. 

The Zamboanga city government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office is also prepared and ready in terms of relief assistance, Councilor Nuño said adding “we have enough supply of food and other items needed during relief operations in times of disasters”. — Sheila Covarrubias