Typhoon brings tears and terror to Binday residents

October 24, 2010 at 11:39 pm 1 comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

SAN FABIAN– Residents of Binday were reduced to tears and terror after the two dike projects being built along Bued River were smashed to destruction by the strong winds and heavy rains brought by typhoon Juan.

]This village lost four hectares with 21 houses during the onslaught of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in October 2009, with residents saying that at least 50 hectares have been swallowed by the river in the past years because of typhoons.

Residents feared that another super typhoon will erode more land.

Fortunately, Juan was not as destructive as it was touted to be, and filled the river by only third of what Ondoy and Pepeng did, but it was enough to “melt the dikes like ice cream.”

“Its back to zero. It is very frustrating. Millions worth of projects have been poured into the river to protect it from erosion, but it seems the structures are not strong enough to withstand the wrath of nature,” municipal agriculturist Juan Juguilon said.

In 2009, a project to divert the water away from the bank was started, reportedly funded by former Senator Loi Ejercito. This year, two projects were started, one by the Deparment of Public Works and Highways. Juguilon said the residents do not know where the other project came from because the municipal and the barangy officials were not informed about it.

All projects were gone just after a night of typhoon Juan.

The residents are outraged at how the government is solving the problem, pointing out that the projects being implemented are no match to the mighty river.

“We need a comprehensive plan, not pitsi-pitsi (piece by piece),” they said.

The residents who were born in the village said they knew the river’s history and its behavior, thus they knew knew that the projects were not enough to protect their village.

“Millions have been spent on projects here but where are they now? Many people and animals have died,” Arcenio Halog, municipal agriculture and fishery council chairman, said.

“But no one consulted us. Every year, they implement project and every year without public hearing and the projects are destroyed by floods. We think there are people who merely want to make money through the projects,” he said.

He added that the government “should consult us because we know if a project can last long or not or they are just earning from it.”

The river is making the residents closer, Ludigracia Juiguilon, said.

When residents in risky areas evacuated, neighbors came to help for feww, using their kuliglig and tribikes to transport the belongings, Juiguilon, the wife of the barangay chairman, said.

Juan Juguilon said Bued River traverses at least five villages in the town which are tobacco producers.

But while the town was able to get P270 million tobacco excise tax, no fund for river protection projects was alloted, he said.

Residents are asking President Aquino to look into their plight, “maybe he could do something to help us.”

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Karen  |  October 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    “We think there are people who merely want to make money through the projects.”
    Ha ha. Right. So politics. Get used to Philippine politics people! I hope someday we could all get out of this country so those money-crazed politicians would reign all by themselves. They rot here for good.

    Residents are asking President Aquino to look into their plight, “maybe he could do something to help us.”

    Well its time for Aquino to prove his worth. Since the start of his reign, I haven’t ‘heard’ of him. Hope I could ‘hear’ from you soon.


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