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Council to revise drainage master plan to address floods

August 12, 2019 - Monday 2:08 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Jacklord Abueva


DAVAO CITY -- The City Council is planning to craft a drainage master plan that will help the city address its flood problem especially during the rainy season.

Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Jr., chair of the committee chair on public works and highways, said his committee is planning to craft the law due to the worsening flood problem of the city.

Ibuyan said he will study the Drainage Master Plan of 1998 to look for possible areas that can be amended in order to improve the law.

“The law was still in 1998. Even the City Engineer and City Planning Office do not have a copy because the law is too old,” he said.

Ibuyan said it is time to revisit the law since the flood situation of the city was different before.

“We will eventually craft amendments to the law that will fit in our current situation,” he said.

Ancillary Service Unit (ASU) head Paul Bermejo said his office cleans the different canals in the city everyday to lessen the flooding.

“We now have two teams, one for the morning shift and evening shift. The evening shift usually responds to flooded canals during the wee hours of the night,” he said.

“After heavy rains, our personnel are there to clean the canals to ensure that they will not be clogged,” he added.

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