No funding yet for most city flood control projects

City Councilor Nesario Awat wants the city government’s concerned offices to fix the drainage problem before the rainy season. (File photo)

Only one of the six priority flood control projects of the City government is in the pipeline for completion this year due to lack of fund allocation, city officials told the City Council on Monday.

City assistant engineer Aries Grande said a P50-million water catchment project in Barangay San Pedro is due for bidding this year and is targeted for completion before the year ends.

“It is expected to be completed by December 2018 and would resolve the flooding in Factor Road, Jalandoon Village and Cabanag Street, all in Bgy. San Pedro,” he said.

He also noted that another catchment located at Jacana Road in Barangay Bancao Bancao is being constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)  since it is connected to the national highway which is the department’s jurisdiction.

The officials however noted that five other priority catchments in the city’s drainage masterplan have no available funding, including those located in Barangays Bagong Sikat, Mandaragat, Tiniguiban, Santa Monica, San Miguel, San Manuel and San Jose.

City planning officer Jovenee Sagun said a detailed engineering design for all of the six priority catchments was done by the Makati-based consulting firm DCCD Engineering Corporation in 2014 but noted there is no sufficient funding to implement them.

“Each catchment costs P400 to P500 million. For our six priority catchments, we need to invest more than P2 billion. However, we can’t do a one-time investment,” Sagun said.

Councilor Nesario Awat warned that the non-implementation of the drainage masterplan would harm the city’s economy in the future.

“This project is one of the most important ones that should be prioritized because, if not, it will discourage future investors,” he said.

Sagun said the city government is hoping to get funding from the DPWH regional office to pursue the construction of other priority catchments that connects to the national highway.

“The DPWH regional office’s planning officer informed me that they are just awaiting a study from us, as a basis for them to give possible external funding,” she said.

Awat proposed two separate resolutions requesting the DPWH secretary to include the projects among their priorities and asking the Department of Budget and Management for funding.

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