Pangasinan solon vows to find solution to Dagupan flood woes

DAGUPAN CITY — Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia on Friday vowed to work with Mayor Belen Fernandez to find solution to the flooding of Dagupan’s southern barangay (village) which was aggravated when the floodwaters from Calasiao town were redirected towards Dagupan instead of flowing directly to the Banaoang River, its usual course.

De Venecia joined Mayor Fernandez and Second Highway District Engineer Rodolfo Dion in inspecting a man-made channel in Calasiao that redirected water flow to Dagupan instead of flowing directly to the river.

This has affected Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Malued, Lucao and Tapuac and the water there lingers for several days.

The flooding in these and other areas were the reasons the mayor recommended to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) the declaration of Dagupan under a state of calamity.

The congressman said he will work closely with Third District Rep. Rosemary Arenas so that funding could be set aside for the construction of a dike along the Banaoang river in Calasiao, a flood gate and the re-routing of floodwater from a culvert along the De Venecia Highway down to the river.

Dagupan and Calasiao are neighbors having common problem of flood.

Several barangays in Dagupan and Calasiao are still underwater on Friday even if the monsoon rains have stopped. PNA/