Aquino vows ‘full support’ for Pampanga flood control projects

October 5, 2011 10:06 pm 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga, Oct. 5 — Flooding in this province may soon be a thing of the past after President Benigno S. Aquino III pledged the administration’s “full support” for the local government’s plans to finally control the unpredictable rise of floodwaters that has plagued the people for a long time.

The President told Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, during a briefing on the status of the third phase of the Pinatubo Hazard Urgent Mitigation Project here, that he has instructed Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to carefully study the cause of flooding in the region and to come up with clear, feasible solutions to such.

In an interview, Pineda said the President pledged to augment the calamity fund of the province in order to provide the basic needs to its constituents.

“The President told me that once the calamity fund of the province of Pampanga is used up, we should submit the pertinent documents and he will augment the fund by providing additional funding for our use,” Pineda said.

“Ang sabi niya (President Aquino) tutulong ang national government sa hindi na kaya ng local government,” she added.

The President assured Pineda and the people of Pampanga that they have the full support of the national government.

“Aayusin natin yan. Basta tapusin muna ang mga study (on the causes of flooding) para hindi pa-chamba-chamba,” the President said.

Pineda said the main cause of the unpredictable rise of floodwaters that has affected six towns and displaced 35,0000 families in the province was the inability of the Pampanga Bay to transport floodwaters away from the province effectively.

“Kaya si Secretary Singson, may team na siya na pupunta sa Pampanga Bay para sukatan ang tubig at tingnan yung flow ng tubig para malaman kung bakit napakabagal,” Pineda said.

She said an initial study conducted by the province suggests that there are blockages in the tributaries of Pampanga Bay that lead overflowing water to Manila Bay. (PNA) DCT/scs/PCOO/ssc

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