De Venecia announces project to solve Tapuac’s flooding

October 24, 2011 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY- The woes of residents in Brgy. Tapuac here who suffered perennial flooding might be over after Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia announced recently a P16.5 million packages of flood control projects near Trauma Hospital & Specialist Center up to Amado Street.

Tapuac, particularly the entire stretch of Amado, has been vulnerable to floods.

“The problem in our barangay is the drainage system that should carry the water out was not completed because the private owner of a fishpond (where the exit of the drainage is located) stopped its construction,” Village councilman Sydney Lomboy said,

Lomboy lamented the effects of the drainage project to the residents, including the piles of garbage at the back of Lyceum Northwestern University.

Brgy. Captain Jake Reyes said that flooding in the village is hopeless as Tapuac is located in a lower level part of the city. But he was quick to say that other low level barangays like Malued and Mangin are worst hit every time there is typhoon.

Flood prone villages in Dagupan are Salisay, Tebeng, Bacayao , Norte, Bacayao Sur, Lasip Grande, Lasip Chico , and Pogo Grande .

“What we need is to backfill areas like Green Fields but people there are not amenable because it is quite expensive,” Reyes said.

Reyes also decried the putting of sand bags thrown in a drainage system that should have mitigated the floods in Tapuac. He said these bags clogged the drainage that aggravated the flooding in his village.
A source who asked anonymity blamed the other causes of the flood to owners of big business like private schools who constructed buildings at areas that once a fishpond and a catch basin every time rain falls.

Meanwhile, de Venecia has allotted P147 million for the construction of five major road and drainage system projects in the city, the first of which is in Bonuan Gueset to be completed in December this year.

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