Japanese Consultants Offer Assistance to Bacolod in Addressing Flooding Issues

Japanese Consultants Interested in Assisting Bacolod City with Flooding Solutions

In a press briefing on Tuesday, November 28, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez revealed that Japanese consultants have shown interest in helping Bacolod City address its flooding issues.

The consultants, who are working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), have been visiting the city to identify the best solutions for the flooding problem. They are exploring drainage and flood control projects in collaboration with local authorities.

One proposed solution is the installation of flood gates and pumping stations in five major rivers in the city. These measures aim to divert water from the mountains and prevent high tide water from entering the city. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed its program of works for the flood gates and pumping stations, with a proposed project cost of P500 million.

According to Mayor Benitez, the budget will primarily cover the construction of floodgates in the Magsungay, Banago, Pahanocoy-Sum-ag, Lupit, and Mandalagan rivers. He emphasized the importance of effectively managing river outlets in order to make the flood control project successful and eliminate flooding in the city.

The mayor hopes to see the project commence next year and has welcomed the assistance of JICA and ADB. In addition to the Japanese consultants, a Dutch company has also expressed interest in providing solutions to address the flooding. The company has experience in implementing successful preventive systems in the Netherlands.

The city government is eager to work with these international partners in finding sustainable and effective solutions to the long-standing issue of flooding in Bacolod City.

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