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DUTERTE vows solution to city’s flooding woes

DUTERTE AND FLOODS

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is training his eyes on solving soonest the city’s flooding woes, a serious disaster management issue and a major threat to urban business districts.

He has given himself up to December to find a solution to frequent floods that have often led to mass evacuation of residents in low-lying, flood-prone areas and placed business activity at a standstill in many business districts when heavy rains pour.

Tackling the flood problem is among major issues that Duterte vowed to tackle by the horn in his inaugural address last month.

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Duterte recently started his new drive in solving flooding by visiting the tail-end of a main drain absorbing water run-off from the Sta. Ana business district with an outflow to Davao Gulf in Quezon Boulevard.

Duterte found the tip of the main-drain that was once home to the controversial Nograles Park clogged and obstructed by makeshift vendors’ stalls.

He ordered the encroachers removed in 24 hours to keep the drain free from debris and obstruction to allow free water flow.

Duterte was accompanied by retired Army colonel Yusop Jimalni during the visit to the former Nograles Park, which then completely covered the main drain from Quezon Blvd. to the sea.

Nograles Park which has since been demolished brings back sad memories for Jimlani, newly-appointed chief of the Drainage Management Unit (DMU).

       In 2009 prior to the 2010 election, Jimlani, then also head of the DMU, was slapped with an administrative charge before the Ombudsman for the demolition by City Hall of the park, named after then House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

Nograles, defeated by former Mayor Sara Duterte in the 2010 mayoral race by more than 200,000 votes, also charged then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and several other City Hall officials. The charges have since been dismissed by the Court of Appeals.

Ungab, Rody tandem vs. floods

       Third District Representative Isidro Ungab may have in his hands the answer to solving Davao City’s perennial floods.

       Money is the solution to the problem and Ungab have lots of it to throw to the local government to fund an effective flood control project.

       Ungab has been elected by the House of Representatives as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, which holds the purse of the House.

       Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Ungab’s taking the high post is a blessing to Dabawenyos.

       We will ask Congressman Ungab for funds, said Duterte as he announced a total clean-up of the city’s canals and main drains as floods continue to bring knee deep waters in many areas and in worst situations forced the evacuation of many residents.

       Floods not only have become risk to life and limb and properties.

       In the commercial districts in the urban center, the city’s progress is threatened with business closing up when floods rise.

       Duterte said it should be ‘payback time’ for the national government to pour funding for the city’s big ticket project against floods given that the city contributes much to the national coffers.

       The national government has not given us funds despite our big contribution to the national coffers, he said.

       The local government earns an average of P2- billion in annual Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) representing its 40 share from collection of national taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Davao City. With the national government getting 60 percent of the taxes, the city government could be contributing about P3-billion to the national treaty every year since about five years ago when the city’s IRA share started to hit the P2-billion mark.

DPWH, City Engineer working

on fund for drainage system

       Following Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s statement he would seek funding for the city’s drainage woes, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Davao city Engineers’ Office are now working in tandem to establish the financial requirement for the city’s comprehensive drainage plan.

       Admitting the cost of the project is beyond the capability of the local government, Duterte earlier said he would ask Third District Representative Isidro Ungab to provide the fund through congressional allocation.

       Ungab is the current chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations.

In his inaugural speech on June 30, Duterte said he would give top priority to solving soonest the city’s flooding woes, a serious disaster management issue and a major threat life and property and to urban business districts.

Duterte recently started his new drive in solving flooding by visiting the tail-end of a main drain absorbing water run-off from the Sta. Ana business district with an outflow to Davao Gulf in Quezon Boulevard.

Duterte found the tip of the main-drain that was once home to the controversial Nograles Park clogged and obstructed by makeshift vendors’ stalls.

He ordered the encroachers removed in 24 hours to keep the drain free from debris and obstruction to allow free water flow.

Duterte said Ungab being chairman of the Appropriations Committee could help solve the city’s flooding problems.

 

 

 

      

       We will ask Congressman Ungab for funds, said Duterte as he announced a total clean-up of the city’s canals and main drains as floods continue to bring knee deep waters in many areas and in worst situations forced the evacuation of many residents.

       Duterte said it should be ‘payback time’ for the national government to pour funding for the city’s big ticket project against floods given that the city contributes much to the national coffers.

       The national government has not given us funds despite our big contribution to the national coffers, he said.

       The local government earns an average of P2- billion in annual Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) representing its 40 share from collection of national taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Davao City. With the national government getting 60 percent of the taxes, the city government could be contributing about P3-billion to the national treaty every year since about five years ago when the city’s IRA share started to hit the P2-billion mark.

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