Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said the Department of Public Works and Highways will release an initial P8 million to fund a feasibility project study for the drainage master plan of Bacolod City.
The DPWH will also start the construction of the airport road within this year so the Circumferential Road will be connected to the airport, he added.
City Administrator Rogelio Balo said the creation of the drainage master plan, which is part of the priority projects of the DPWH Region 6, was in response to his presentation of existing conditions in Bacolod City during rains due to its outdated drainage system which caused floods in business districts in the city, during a meeting with the Regional Development Council Infrastructure Development Committee.
Balo said the master plan will include, among others, a waste septage and sewerage system appropriate for the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.
The Executive Committee of the RDC had passed RDC Resolution No. 7, Series of 2010, requesting the DPWH to prepare for the formulation of a Drainage Master Plan for the Cities of Iloilo and Bacolod in November 2010.
The proposal will be utilized to access technical and grant assistance from the Official Development Assistance sources in order to take advantage of the expertise of other countries in the area of drainage and sewerage management, Balo said.
Leonardia also informed the members of the RDC yesterday that he invited the graduating class of San Beda College to take a good hard look at the cities outside of Metro Manila since the gold mines are not just found in Metro Manila.
Leonardia, who spoke at the commencement exercises of the San Beda Graduate Schools of Law, Business and Liturgy held at the Abbey Church of Our Lady of Monserrat Wednesday, said “I told them it would be a wise investment for them if they put their money in the countryside, and asked them if they could prioritize Bacolod.”
Leonardia said he believes that if Bacolod will progress, its neighboring towns, cities and provinces in Western Visayas, will also progress, considering its geography and the culture of the people of being close to each other, plus their leadership, that is united.
“In Western Visayas we can say we are helping each other and are united, so whatever happens in one place, will somehow have an effect on another place,” he said.
If Aklan is progressing, maybe Guimaras will be affected and its neighboring local governments as well, he added.*CGS