Residents appeal to city government to solve flooding problem in Barangay Banilad

March 20, 2012 2:02 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, March 19 — Residents of Purok Bayanihan and Balaha-an in Barangay Banilad of Dumaguete City made an appeal recently to the city government to help the barangay solve the severe flooding problem in the area especially during heavy rains.

Barangay Chairman Jose Pino, along with some council members, conducted a barangay forum with the residents of Purok Balaha-an and Bayanihan over the weekend.

Also present during the forum were Engr. Leonida Caro and Engr. Willie Oira of the City Engineers’ Office.

Around fifty residents attended the forum at one of the affected residences in Purok Bayanihan, Barangay Banilad.

The residents have been complaining of severe flooding, especially during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong last December 17 wherein the Banilad-Bajumpandan loop road was covered with flood water and portions of it had turned into a mini-river.

The residents were alarmed over recent flooding incidents after their properties were damaged and lives were placed at risk.

In fact, one of the electric poles of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO) 2 is now slightly leaning towards the road because of the excessive flooding last December.

According to Barangay Kagawad Jory Bandian, based on his initial survey the flood water is coming from the mountains of nearby Valencia town that flows through a creek. Unfortunately, the creek has dried up for several years that most likely allowed new residents to build structures on the dry creek bed which diverted the flood water to the road.

One of the affected residents, Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas of the Philippine National Police, said there should be a complete survey of the creek before a solution can be made. The result of the survey will help guide the city engineers in planning what to do in order to address the flooding problem in Barangay Banilad that also flows to the national highway.

Supt. Lawas said even during previous flooding before the “Sendong” incident, he already conducted a personal survey until he reached the source in Valencia. He already recommended to an expert that a survey be done considering that some structures are already being constructed in the waterway.

He strongly believes that if the main source of the flooding will be addressed, the problem on heavy flooding in the national highway will automatically be solved.

Other residents also asked that the barangay council will act at the soonest possible time and take advantage of the good weather especially during the summer months. The weather can be unpredictable due to climate change.

Engr. Caro recommended to Barangay Chairman Pino to make a request to the City Planning Office to conduct a survey of the Banilad creek.

She admitted that they also need the updated map of all the waterways of Dumaguete to use as a guide in addressing the drainage problem.

Engr. Dino Ramacho, a professor of the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) said that geodetic engineers from the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) are willing to assist the city government in conducting the survey.

Ramacho is also a Banilad resident affected by the heavy flooding incidents.

Pino agreed on the suggestion to make the request for a survey to the City Planning Office this week. (PNA) DCT/jfp/MA

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