Drainage masterplan drafting gets stuck in bureaucracy

The masterplan will help determine the actions that need to be taken, in a bid to resolve the drainage problems that hound Palawan during wet season.


The city government’s vow to address the problematic drainage system which had been the cause of severe flooding during the recent storms is yet to take off, even as an appropriation had been set aside for the completion and finalization of a drainage system masterplan.

City engineers told Palawan News their office is yet to purchase an RTK survey equipment that they need for completing the masterplan .

“HIndi pa ito nabibili,” city engineer Orgelita Macolor told Palawan News on Wednesday.

Aries S. Grande, assistant city engineer, said that the data-equipment will help finalize their masterplan, which will become the bases of the construction of the drainage facilities in Puerto Princesa City.

“Nag-aantay pa kami ng equipment for data-gathering, magiging helpful siya kasi siya ang magbibigay ng information kung ano ang gagawin,” he said.

“Ang masterplan ay ang magiging basis namin sa pag-construct ng mga susunod na drainage problems natin …  hirap naman na hindi mag-conform lahat ng gagawin sa masterplan,” he said.

The City Engineering office’s foremost priority in its masterplan, however, is the building of outfall catchments in low-lying areas since it becomes the destination of water after the rainfall.

“Now the priority is that outfall catchments …iyong babagsakan ng tubig,” Grande said.

“Kung hindi namin maayos agad ang babagsakan ng tubig sa baba, hindi namin puwedeng unahin ang sa taas dahil walang dadaluyan ang tubig,” he added.

The masterplan, he said, will help determine the actions that need to be taken, in a bid to resolve the drainage problems that hound Palawan during wet season.

“Ang purpose ng data gathering, sa pinu-purchase namin na gamit, para makuha namin ang elevations para malaman namin kung gaano kalalim ang huhukayin at saan ipapadaan banda,” he said.

But while the master plan is still awaiting finalization, the engineering office said it is also conducting “relief solutions” to address flooding problems.

“Ginagawa mga relief solutions muna. Kumbaga, temporary lang. Halimbawa, nagdede-clogging tayo at naglilinis,” Grande said.

“Hindi kasi puwedeng i-rush ang process ng masterplan,” he said.

Grande also urged residents to cooperate in the effort by properly managing their waste.

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