Dagupan City to buy P15-M equipment vs. floods

DAGUPAN CITY — The city government is set to acquire next year additional equipment worth PHP15 million to address massive flooding here.

Mayor Belen Fernandez said Wednesday the city is currently implementing the backfilling of low-lying barangays and drainage unclogging amid the week-long inundation caused by continuous heavy rains during Typhoon Ompong, aggravated by the southwest monsoon and high tide.

Fernandez said the amount for the purchase of a vacuum excavator will come from the budget of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

“The CDC (City Development Council) has allotted PHP50 million for the CDRRMO. That’s where we will get the PHP15-million funding for the purchase of (the) Vac-Tron,” she said in a radio interview, referring to a brand of vacuum excavator.

The mayor noted that the cleaning and unclogging of drainage canals in the barangays will be hastened with the acquisition of equipment.

Meanwhile, creeks and drains are being unclogged manually, she said.

“Manual workers are being paid via the cash-for-work project of the city government, while the Department of Public Works and Highways has its own vacuum excavator equipment and is currently siphoning the drainage in the highways,” Fernandez added. Ahikam Pasion/PNA-northboundasia.com