The Quezon City, through the City Engineering Department, has intensified preparation for the rainy season, as Mayor Herbert M. Bautista ordered the inspection of retaining walls, de-clogging of waterways and improvement of drainage channels last month to minimize flooding, especially during heavy downpour.
City engineer Joselilto Cabungcala said that Quezon City is most prepared among local government units in flood control efforts as they have completed some 17 city-funded waterways infrastructure projects designed to prevent flashfloods during heavy downpours.
In his report to Mayor Bautista, Cabungcal said the projects, built at a cost of P179.6 million, consisted of newly-constructed retaining and revetment walls, grouted ripraps and concrete canals built along different water channels in Quezon City, including San Francisco River, Kalamiong Creek, Anaran Creek, Pasong Tamo Creek and Roxas district.
The city government set aside P23.5 million for the construction of the reinforced concrete revetment wall (Phase 2) along San Francisco River - Lorraine Street at Parkway Village in Barangay Apolonio Samson; P15.4 million, for the construction of a concrete retaining wall at 8th Street in Barangay Mariana; P14.7 million, for the reinforced concrete retaining wall at Kalamiong Creek – Spring Valley (Phase 6) in Barangay Bagong Silangan; P14.8 million, for the construction of a concrete canal at Anaran Creek (Phase 6) in Barangay Phil-Am/West Triangle; P13.1 million, for the construction of a concrete retaining wall at a creek leading to Marikina River in Barangay Libis and P12.02 million, for the construction of a retaining wall at a creek along Roxas District.
From 2013 to 2017, the city government, under the Bautista administration, has already constructed some 13,395 linear meters of retaining wall, 7,002 linear meters of grouted riprap, 625 linear meters of concrete canal and 100 linear meters of revetment walls.
The city's preparation for the onset of the rainy season also covers the improvement of different drainage channels to help relieve flooding in the city.
Based on the report submitted by the city engineering department, the bulk of the city's drainage improvement projects was constructed in District IV, covering the areas of 6th and 11th Streets in Barangay Mariana; Delgado Street in Barangay Paligsahan/Laging Handa; Sct. Fuentebella Street, also in Laging Handa, and at District V, in the areas of Dahlia Avenue in Barangay Fairview; Tatlong Hari Street in Barangay Greater Lagro; Burbank Avenue in Barangay North Fairview and at La Naval Street in Barangay Greater Lagro.
Also underway is the construction of 36 additional drainage improvement projects.