Local News: Bacolod SP to CPDO: Come Up Flood Control Plan
Councilor Elcid Familiaran urged the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) to come up with appropriate flood control plan for the City of Bacolod to avoid deadly flooding incidents similar to that of
In a resolution authored by Familiaran, he stated that the city should take seriously what happened to Metro Manila, that serves as a warning and lesson, by proactively observing the latest and appropriate urban planning and management.
The phenomenon, Fami-liaran said, had confused the people and created worries among government and business planners, that among government and business planners, that inspite of the "no reported typhoon that would hit Luzon provinces," why there was so much rain, and floods so severely damaged properties and lives.
Familiaran quoted Jose Ma. Tan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Worldwide Fund for Nature, that "Filipinos are to be blamed for the delude of rain that paralyzed 14 million people. It clearly showed that rapid urbanization was culprit for the Urban Heat Island (UHI), a situation of unfettered and mindless march to urbanization that had replaced soils and tress which absorbs rains and reduce flooding with concrete jungles. What used to be green is transformed into buildings and pavements or concrete materials which increased that temperature called- UHI. "The problem lies in poor planning, political gridlock, inadequate or inappropriate urban management, inadequate implementation of the zoning ordinances, laud use and rules, and haphazard real estate development," Tan stressed.
Based on these findings, Familiaran said, the city should prepare and plan its preventive measures for this kind of calamity.
There is a need for the city and its sub-altern offices to be sensitive to the effect of flooding in Metro Manila, that soon will be happen also in the city and its populace if it will not act what is supposed into be acted, Familiaran also said.*