Cebu City’s waterways heavily silted

June 19, 2010 11:48 am 

CEBU CITY, June 19 — Most of the water exits in Cebu City are heavily silted and need to be cleared immediately as the rainy season looms.

This was the finding and recommendation of Cebu City Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias, who recently inspected the waterways together with the drainage section personnel of the city engineering department.

The councilor said if the matter is not addressed soon, flashfloods will be inevitable during heavy rains.

Cabarubbias, who will chair the committee on infrastructure in the 12th City Council, has identified the water exits that are silted.

These include the Tinago-Tejero Creek, Mahiga Creek, culverts in front of the Tejero Barangay Hall and the waterway beneath the Basak Pardo-Kinasang-an Bridge.

The councilor, who was once a barangay captain of Basak Pardo, will meet the city's barangay officials next week to discuss measures to be taken.

He admitted there are several squatters living beside and under the Basak Pardo-Kinasang-an Bridge and they contribute to the silting of the waterway.

”The water has nowhere to go because the area is congested with people,” Cabarrubias said in Cebuano.

The councilor said it is the same problem at the Mahiga Creek. Squatters live along its banks, hampering water flow, he said.

Cabarrubias will recommend to the city council the clearing of all illegal structures along the waterways and relocating squatters to a safer place.

He said the construction of a bridge is also recommended in front of Tejero Barangay Hall instead of maintaining the old culverts.

”That’s the long-term recommendation, but we need to clean the waterways immediately before the heavy downpour start,” he said in Cebuano.

The city government is spending P9 million for the ongoing dredging of Guadalupe River, the city’s largest river.

The dredging is one-meter deep and stretches up to one kilometer from the shoreline to the interiors of Barangays Ermita and Pahina San Nicolas.

Cabarrubias believes clearing the riverbed will help lessen the incidence of flooding.

He also said as chairman of the infrastructure committee in the next council, he will see to it matters under his supervision are attended to.

These include the engineering, vertical construction and horizontal construction that also covers the drainage system. (PNA) scs/EB/bh

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