Manay Gina, Mayor Belen’s solutions vs. flooding
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – If the provincial government is still groping in the dark on how to solve the perennial flooding, this independent component city had formulated a solution.
According to this city’s mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Fourth District Congresswoman Gina de Venecia has asked the national government for a P100 million allocation to build dikes on the banks of Barangays Lasip Chico, Malued, Lasip Grande, Pantal, and Lucao.
She said the dike in Lucao will bode well for the safety of joggers against being bumped by vehicles along the highway.
Fernandez cited other measures to avoid flood like the construction of bigger highway for buses and installation of pumping stations, just like what other countries, do to mitigate flood.
Through the initiative of Rep. de Venecia, the Department of Public Works & Highway through District Engineer Rodolfo Dion has elevated the highways and expanded the drainage systems in Arellano, AB Fernandez, and Barangay Tapuac.
Critics of Fernandez mayor said in case the overdue Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) is passed, flood water would submerge the city.
Meanwhile, the Department of Science & Technology lauded Mayor Fernandez’ Tourism Economic Zone plan, saying it would usher in investors, who would locate even to Barangays Pantal and Tambak.
“We could invite investors like call centers, medical transcriptionists, BPO, others to these economic zones. Ang lloilo, Cebu, Baguio City mahigit sampung libo ang kanilang empleyado, bakit tayo wala? Kasi wala tayong tamang lugar for investment,” she said.
Fernandez cited these zones have multiplier effects for the benefit of the people here to have more jobs. With more people working, more would be paying taxes to the city, she said.
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