Beng orders removal of fish pens to minimize flooding in Tugbungan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:16

Mayor Beng Climaco has directed the City Agriculturist Office and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to immediately cause the removal of fish pens that were constructed illegally in the Barigon, Tugbungan that has aggravated flooding incidents in the area.

This, as the City Government is undertaking steps to rehabilitate the damaged infrastructures to include riprap and road facilities following incessant rains August 2-4.

“We task the City Agriculturist and the BFAR to make the necessary measures to remove the fish pen that was illegally constructed in the Barigon area and that is causing the diversion of water,” the mayor disclosed.  “These illegal fish pens cause the increase of water level in Tugbungan.”

She also revealed that remedial steps are also being undertaken to utilize the 2014 budget or other sources of funding to level up the riprap facility in the Tugbungan area.

Yesterday, personnel from the City Engineer’ Office also proceeded to the Curuan area to make palliative measures to repair the road damaged by a landslide incident the same time when flashfloods hit other areas a week ago.

Workers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has also sought the city’s permission to dredge rivers particularly in Labuan which overflowed last Thursday and which caused flooding in the area and the neighbouring barangays to include Limpapa, Patalon, Ayala and Talisayan.

On the other hand, the chief executive said City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat should submit his recommendations to assist the famers affected by the flashfloods that hit the city the past days.

Validated report of damage to farmlands and fishponds place the cost at P3.65 million with a total of 361 hectares of properties affected. — Sheila Covarrubias