Water is a gift to all mankind, it gives life, it cleans, and it purifies yet became a factor that causes pain and death.
|This photo was taken at Barangay Rizal La Paz, Iloilo City. There a lot of residents just throwing there garbages their. All of their waste goes into this canal. These make the place prone of flooding. The water rise rapidly when the rain comes.|
Iloilo as one of the low-lying area in the Philippines also suffered from the ravishing water cause by rainy days or heavy downpours of water. It became a continuous problem to every individual living in an area, wherein a minute of rain could cause two feet water flood.
In addition, Iloilo City and its outlying areas, stretching over low and flat land, are vulnerable to large-scale flooding and mudslide disasters frequently during the rainy season. Every year, the flooding problem in Iloilo causes millions of pesos in damages and unfavorable investment competitiveness.
My theater friend named Manuel Lorenzana III his family were also became a victim, not ones but four times a year of flooding in their house in Molo. It really started when typhoon Frank hit the city, he said that they are not wary that things would happen so fast, that his family was not able to save all important things in their house, including important documents, albums which he really treasured and some appliances were destroyed.
When Typhoon Frank hit Panay Island last June 2008, majority Iloilo City was engulfed in flood waters, particularly the district of Jaro.
Numbers of lives were gone in an instant and destroyed thousand of houses.
It was the most disastrous thing that happened. He thought that, it would be all, but he was wrong, it is just the beginning. It continues to flood until these days.
I think that simultaneous construction of buildings and residential areas contribute to flood and the blocking of garbage’s in our canals, for it constricts the natural flow of water.
The changes in land use are very active in our town, associated with urban development affect flooding in many ways. Removing vegetation and soil, grading the land surface, and constructing drainage networks increase runoff to streams from rainfall.
Roads and buildings constructed in flood-prone areas are exposed to increased flood hazards, including inundation and erosion, as new development continues.
Some buildings and bridges have been elevated, protected with floodwalls and designed to withstand temporary inundation.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), EIGHTY percent of Iloilo province is prone to flooding. They are concerned with the situation as even villages in mountainous areas suffer from flooding during tropical cyclones and typhoons.
Jerry Bionat, PDRRMC executive officer, said the flood prone towns in the 1st district are Guimbal, Igbaras, Tubungan, San Joaquin and Miag-ao.
In the 2nd district, the susceptible areas are Alimodian, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, New Lucena, Leganes and Zarraga.
Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Pototan, Janiuay and Mina are the flood-prone areas in the 3rd district.
In the 4th district, Dueñas, Dingle, Passi City, San Enrique, Barotac Nuevo and Dumangas are also considered at risk to flooding.
The flood prone towns in the 5th district are Sara, Lemery, San Dionisio, Batad, Ajuy, Balasan and Estancia.
The most common causes of blockage in our drainage that brings deadly floods in the city were damaged watersheds, massive squatter colonies living in danger zones and the neglect of drainage systems. While expert says, poor planning, law enforcement and political self-interest are some of the factors that have made the chaotic city much more vulnerable to enormous floods.
Right now drainages were being constructed around the city that can protect us from storm surges, rivers that over flow and a lot more. There is also an on-going study to determine the sources of flooding as well as identifying which drainage systems in the city that needs repair or upgrade.
With a budget of P4.3B, it is the largest infrastructure investment Iloilo City has ever received, the flood control was a big help to the city after it was done a few years ago.
The Iloilo Flood Control Project had a long-term process to the perennial flooding in the city and outlying areas. It aims to improve living environments and sanitary conditions of local residents, and consequently help develop the regional economy, by setting in place disaster prevention civil works in the state of Iloilo on Panay Island.
Even the project is successful but there are still floods happening in our city. This shows that we can only lessen flood but we cannot remedy floods.
According to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) there is a master plan to lessen and eventually slay the floods in the city.
As the city develop, changes are inevitable. We can’t predict the future.
I think that the best way to demolish this kind of crisis is the awareness of every people living in the city. I can say that if we learn from our mistake we could do better in the end.