July 27, 2023-The post Typhoon Egay Task Force Baha Action Teammeeting led by Mayor Albee Benitez discussed vital points that are relevant to the recent flooding in the city caused by EgayPH.
The meeting was attended by key officials, including Department of Public Works and Highways District of Bacolod Engineer Abraham Villareal, Bacolod Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Anna Maria Laarni Pornan, Councilor Psyche Marie “Pao” Sy, City Engineer Loben Ceballos, and Department of Public Services–Officer in Charge Ma. Fe Trespuentes.
The primary focus of the meeting was to devise effective solutions to combat flooding in various vulnerable areas within the city, which were heavily affected by Super Typhoon “Egay.”
To this end, Mayor Benitez proposed several immediate action points; First, the implementation of engineering solutions on existing flood-prone areas was emphasized to mitigate the impact of future floods.
Second, the installation of early warning devices coordinated with PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) was deemed necessary.
In addition, Mayor Benitez encouraged the adoption of a unique approach suggested by Median Island Contest Rain Garden design winner Julia Meliton, this innovative concept involves creating underground water inlets to facilitate rainwater collection, to help alleviate flooding during heavy rainfall.
Lastly, the team addressed the importance of clearing obstructions along waterways, allowing for smoother water flow reducing the risk of flooding in the city.
With these proposed solutions, Task Force Baha aims to proactively address the recurring issue of flooding, protect affected communities, and enhance the city’s disaster resilience.
The collaborative efforts of various government departments and officials are expected to pave the way for a more flood-resilient Bacolod City.
(Source: Bacolod City Public Information Office)