City Mayor Lucilo Bayron directed the City Engineering Office to ensure the declogging of drainages in flood-prone areas with the onset of the rainy season.
Bayron said that while the city has yet to develop a comprehensive drainage system, measures can be put in place to minimize flooding in critical areas of the city.
“I instructed the City Engineering to keep an eye on our flood-prone areas,” he told Palawan News on Monday.
“This is not a hundred percent solution to the problem, but it will at least help ease the situation. If there’s flooding, they should act on it fast so it will not last for a week,” he added.
Mayor Bayron gave the directive during the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) meeting last week, following the declaration of rainy season by the state weather bureau.
Flooding is a seasonal, if not a perennial problem, hounding Puerto Princesa City. Last year, the urgency to solve the problem cropped up after heavy rains triggered flooding in the City’s low-lying areas.
“We can’t have the drainage system for now because it’s a system that can’t be done in just a year or two. It will take years to be completed,” he said.