ILOILO CITY Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DOWH) to ensure that its drainage projects in the metro are serving their real purpose.
Mabilog confirmed that he met with DPWH officials recently to call the attention of the agency to various drainage projects in the metro.
“Despite the drainage projects in Iloilo City, the city is still flooded. Pigado ang koneksyon or access sang tubig pakadto sa drainage nga ginahimo nila,” Mabilog said.
He added: “Kun makita naton ang drainages na ginahimo nila subong are all u-ditch and fabricated na diretso-diretso. Ang ginaobra nila, ginakutkutan nila ang project tapos ihulog na nila ang u-ditch, so ang daan nga mga koneksyon gakalasara, and they would only know if the project is functional kun mag ulan.”
“Amo ina nga kun makita naton nga after maobra nila nagahulat pa sila sang ulan para makita nila na may koneksyon gid man o wala. Kung may baha na dira kadtuan nila kag buhuan para mag-connect ang tubig,” he added.
Mabilog cited the recent flooding in Gustilo in Lapaz and in Baluarte in Molo.
He said the City Engineer’s Office had to call the DPWH to connect the new drainage with the old drainages.
Mabilog is hopeful that as soon as the areas with new drainages are identified, the flooding problem in the metro can be addressed.
“I think it is just a matter of time, as soon as ma-identify nila ang areas especially ang may bag-o nga drainages ma-address na ni (flooding) kay ti makita naton ang bag-o na drainage na ginaobra dalagko kag pwerti kadalum. It will be more than enough to accommodate the volume of rain,” he said.