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Davao City seeks long-term solutions vs flooding



A LAWMAKER has assured the public that it is looking for long-term solutions to address perennial flooding in the city.

In the Aprubado sa Konseho forum on July 9, Councilor Diosdado Mahipus Jr., chairperson of the committee on disaster risk reduction, laid out the council’s actions as part of their DRRM plan.

“We are already in the process of acquiring additional backhoe trucks and other equipment,” Mahipus said. The manpower and equipment shall be mobilized to clean waterways in the city.

Aside from the auxiliary services, the Department of Public Works and Highways is also constructing retention ponds to reduce the outpour of water in flooded areas, particularly in La Verna Hills. 

The local government is also identifying areas to build more retention ponds that shall be strategically placed in different areas around the city, especially in the third district. 

“We have already conducted an ocular inspection at Bago Oshiro,” Mahipus said. “We will continue to inspect other barangays as to where we can place the ponds.”

The LGU has also tasked barangay captains to identify areas suitable for placement of the retention ponds.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has also handed out an updated map of tsunami-prone areas, which includes newly identified barangays.



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