SP probes worsening Bacoor flooding

The members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacoor City, Cavite initiated a legislative inquiry on twin subjects that trouble the minds of Bacooreños every rainy season: why does Bacoor get flooded and how can such disasters be prevented.

In a public hearing held on September 24, 2018 attended by the heads of the various departments of the Bacoor City government such as Acting City Engineer Jess Salvador, Zoning and Land Development Officer Engr. Arthur San Jose, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Mrs. Lilian Ugalde, and Bacoor Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Richard Quion, it was learned by the members of the City Council that some of the reasons behind the perennial flooding problem of the city during the onset of the rainy season are the following: (a) defective drainage systems constructed by the DPWH and by private property developers, (b) sections of the city’s drainage network silted with plastic garbage and other detritus or blocked by unscrupulous private property developers, (c) the increase of water levels brought about by the enhanced severity of weather related events during the past two years.

After hearing this, the members of the City Council unanimously directed the various resource persons to submit a detailed report on (a) how the various causes of flooding in the city can be resolved, (b) how the City Council can help in making the said solutions possible, and (c) how soon can the said solutions be implemented.

The various resource persons invited by the City Council promised to comply with the said directive as soon as possible. The members of the Council the informed the resource persons that another public hearing will be held on report/s that they would submit.