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PIA Press Release
2009/10/14

Oro mayor seeks P5-M fund for massive greening project

Cagayan de Oro City (14 October) -- In the wake of the sad plight of thousands of victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will intensify the implementation of massive tree planting and reforestation project.

During Monday's flag raising ceremony at City Hall, City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula ordered the City Budget Office and the City Treasurer's Office to set aside an allocation of P5 million intended for the greening project.

While he expressed the city government's deep sympathy to the typhoon victims' predicament, Mayor Jaraula underscored the importance of massive tree planting and reforestation in upland areas in order to mitigate the adverse effects of floodings.

Though admitted that it is hard to go against the wrath of nature, Mayor Jaraula pointed out that the best thing to lessen the impact of damage brought about by floodings is through ‘preventive intervention.'

As the City Chief Executive recounted the devastating floodings that hit Cagayan de Oro City in January this year, he cited the need to ‘re-orient' the main drainage system in Corrales Street by diverting its flow of water directly to the Cagayan de Oro River.

Presently, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro is fast tracking the construction of five major drainage system projects worth P14,162,559.05 million in order to address the inadequate drainage system which greatly contributed to the overflowing of drainage and open canals along Divisoria area and other low-lying areas of the city.

These are the construction of drainage along T. Neri Street from Burgos Street to Capistrano Street (Phase 1) amounting P2,208,396.13 million; drainage along T. Neri Street from Capistrano Street to Apolinar Velez Street (Phase 2) costing P1,408,068.14 million; drainage along T. Neri Street from Apolinar Velez Street to Corrales Street (Phase 3) totaling P1,287,348.48 million; drainage system along Hayes Street from Corrales Street to City Hall with a project cost of P4,578,257.29 million and the drainage system along Yacapin Street from Corrales Street towards Cagayan de Oro River amounting to P4,680,489.01 million. (CIO-CdeO) [top]

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