CITY OF MALOLOS–Gov. Daniel Fernando calls an urgent flood summit with newly elected congressmen, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bulacan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Bulacan Provincial Engineering Office and municipal and city officials to address the worsening floods brought by high tide, rains and clogged canals.
Fernando in his Thursday’s State of the Province Address during the inaugural session of Bulacan’s 11th Sangguniang Panlalawigan said there is an urgent need to address the issue as the flooding that soaks Bulacan towns, cities and barangays today were never experienced in the province before.
“This morning I received a call from the village chair of Panginay in Balagtas and Guiguinto towns asking for help to end the perennial flooding in their place brought by high tide and rains. The floods besieging us these days have not bothered us in the past,” he said.
Panginay road is rendered not passable to light vehicles during high tide and heavy rains.
Low lying barangays including portions of Guiguinto, Balagtas, Bocaue and Marilao and in this city along the stretch of the MacArthur highway and other national roads including provincial, municipal and barangay roads are submerged in up to more than 1ft. flood waters due to 4.9 ft.-5.2 ft. level of high tide since Monday and is expected to remain up towards the weekend.
The high tide severely affected the coastal towns of Hagonoy, Paombong, Bulakan and the low lying villages in City of Meycauayan.
Moderate to strong downpour since Tuesday further aggravates the flooding.
DPWH First District Engineering Office chief Henry Alcantara points to industries along the MacArthur highway as contributory to clogging of the waterways preventing rains and flood water to flow down towards rivers and the Manila Bay.
Newly elected First District Rep. Atty. Danilo Domingo during campaign period vowed to exhaust all measures to stop flooding in the coastal areas.
“If other provinces and cities can address their perennial flooding, why can’t we,” Domingo told reporters.
Vice Gov. Alex Castro led the provincial board in its inaugural session and vowed to formulate measures and necessary ordinances that will help mitigate the effects of high tide in the affected towns and cities.