The Bacolod City Flood Control Team under the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Office of the City Mayor, started clearing drainage system along major streets in Bacolod City recently, a press release from City Hall said.
The 13-man team had already cleared the drainage system along Araneta to Luzuriaga streets, Luzuriaga-Gatuslao to San Sebastian-Gatuslao and other areas in the city and the streets near the Libertad Market from November 4 to December 5, it said.
The flood control program, Executive Assistant and acting DRRMO head Jose Maria Vargas said, was strengthened and finally institutionalized after the establishment of disaster risk reduction and management system in Bacolod City early this year under City Ordinance 532 Series of 2011.
Vargas has been instructed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia to lead the on-going implementation of the flood control program to address flooding problem in the major areas of the city.
The program was funded from the pre-disaster preparedness program of the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund 2011, formerly known as Calamity Fund.
A truck-mounted sewer jet will soon be available for the city to enhance the clearing operation on a regular basis, the release added.*