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Poor drainage

  • CDRRMO identifies primary culprit after the recent flooding


CLOGGED and poor drainage systems contributed to the recent sudden flooding of residential areas in the southern part of the city, the chief of the City Disaster Risk Response and Management Office (CDRRMO) revealed.

During a special press briefing held on Thursday evening, Nov. 9, at the Central 911 Compound, CDRRMO chief Alfredo Baloran said the ongoing river construction project of the Taal Bailey Bridge toward the coastal area only exacerbated the problem.

Engr. Marivic Reyes, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) chief, said the department was able to collect at least three truckloads of municipal waste in the aftermath of the flooding

While on the part of Engr. Joseph Dominic Felizarta, City Engineer’s Office (CEO) chief, said the city has already finished constructing water inlets to allow excess rainwater to drain properly. He said the city has always prioritized these types of infrastructure projects that will alleviate flooding during heavy rains.

Meanwhile, Baloran said there is no need to place the seven hardest-hit barangays in a state of calamity.

The updated count of families affected by the recent flooding incident in the southern part of the city, specifically in Talomo and Tugbok Districts, stands at 5,803, according to the latest data from the Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (Rdana) conducted by the city’s disaster and humanitarian government agencies.

During the briefing, the CDRRMO, alongside the City Health Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Information Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, Ancillary Service Unit, and City Environmental and Natural Resources Office collectively gave updates on their monitoring and assessment activities following the flooding. 

Eight barangays across two districts were severely affected by the heavy downpour that lasted for two hours, with Talomo being the most affected, including Barangay Bago Gallera, Bago Aplaya, Talomo Proper, Matina Aplaya, Maa, and Bali-ok, and one in Tugbok District, Barangay Sto. Nino.


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