PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012
Zambo city gov't to take proactive measure against floodingby Michael Vincent D. Cajulao
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -– Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat vowed to exhaust all legal efforts to re-open water passages, canals, and drainages in the coastal areas of the city to minimize the impact of flooding and other related calamities during rainy season.
Lobregat, during the City Disaster Risk Reduction Council meeting, directed all barangay officials of the city’s coastal area to stop construction of structures in high risk areas, to include slopes and riverbanks as part of the city government’s proactive measure.
The mayor singled out Barangay Sta. Catalina as an example pointing that this coastal barangay have several canals and outlets but are now blocked with the establishment of buildings and houses, thus the city is now experiencing floods during wet season.
Lobregat directed the officials of the said barangays to immediately negotiate with the owners of these properties for the possible re-opening of waterways. He added that the city government will have to invoke its powers if needed.
“Whether we like it or not, disasters happen and what the local government should do is to mitigate or minimize risks or loss of lives and damages to properties”, Lobregat said.
Lobregat also stressed that for them to be successful in mitigating effects of calamities, the public should give all their support and cooperation. (NBE/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)