The Quezon City government has shelled out almost one billion pesos to private contractors for projects to de-clog, repair and improve the city’s waterways in preparation for the rainy season.
With such big budget and with the start of the rainy season this June, Mayor Herbert M. Bautista told the QC engineering department to remind contractors of waterways infrastructure projects to strictly observe the deadline stipulated in their contracts with the QC government.
To date, the city government has a total expenditure of Php 899,775,402.77 for on-going waterways infra projects (Php 201,122,820.06) and improvement of drainage system projects (Php 698,652,582.71).
As early as April, the Mayor directed the city engineering department, headed by Joselito Cabungcal, to take steps to prevent and minimize flooding in the city, including improvement of drainage channels to ensure a free flow of drainage water and rainwater this rainy season.
In District I alone, the city has allocated Php132,064,915.71 the amount to be used to cover the improvement plan for drainage channel leading to Araneta creek, Mariblo creek, Matalahib creek, Culiat river, San Francisco river, Tangue creek, Balaba creek, Bayan creek, Katipunan creek, Dario creek, and Pasong Tamo creek.
District II has a total share of Php 142,609,439.20 for drainage projects, including the drainage improvement for Tullahan river, which runs through Barangays North Fairview, Sta. Lucia, Sta. Monica, Gulod, Nagkaisang Nayon and San Bartolome.
A budget of Php 89,781,151.73 is for improvement of drainage systems in District III to be implemented in Barangays East Kamias and Tagumpay, while Php 89,671,504.94 is for District IV covering the areas of Campupot creek going to San Juan river, Aurora Boulevard Bridge and Lagarian Creek.
District V and District VI has projects worth Php 164,982,516.92 and Php 79,543,054.21, respectively.
Drainage improvement and waterways construction projects were undertaken by QC government as pre-disaster preparedness measures to minimize the effects of flooding and minimize loss of lives and damage to properties during any eventualities, especially flashfloods .
Flood prevention is also intended to avert worse traffic scenarios during heavy rains. (Maureen)
Posted By: Edrillan Pasion