Flood, drainage master plan for 6 rivers sought PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:47

The city council yesterday passed a resolution requesting the city government and other national government  agencies to come up with an efficient and effective flood control and drainage master plan for six major rivers in the city’s east coast, to avoid catastrophe among its residents, especially during rainy seasons.

These are the rivers of Vitali, Curuan, Bolong, Manicahan, Boalan, and Putik.

The resolution, sponsored by District 2 Councilor Mike Alavar, was addressed to the offices of the city mayor, city planning and development, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Alavar cited the case of Tumaga river, which already have a city and national government-initiated master plan since 2011, while the rivers of Guiwan, Tetuan, and Tugbungan have also benefited from the city’s slope protection and rip rapping projects amounting to more than P17 million.

Alavar said there have been so many cases in the past, of destruction of houses and other properties and loss of lives, caused by flooding of these east coast rivers, “so, establishing of flood control and drainage master plan in these rivers would surely prevent the occurrences of the same, especially come wet seasons, which starts in the month of June and onward”.

The entrepreneur-turned city councilor said, Zamboanga City is topographically comprised of low-lying areas, because at one point in time, the city was vastly swampy, with mangroves on most coastal barangays.

“Given this situation, flooding occurs whenever heavy downpours arise, so we should act now and be prepared, before the rainy seasons come,” Alavar explained.

Alavar’s resolution was unanimously approved by all councilors present. — Philip Abuy