House defense committee to review DPWH P352 B flood control plan

MUNTINLUPA CITY Rep. Rodolfo Biazon will review the P352 billion flood control plan of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to ensure that the projects to be undertaken are based on careful and sound studies.

Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City), author of House Resolution 2679, said the plan includes 11 projects whose development will take up to the year 2035 to implement and that foreign assisted funds would benefit the country.

“There are some factors to be considered such as changing weather patterns, changing topography of areas due to urbanization and development, forest denudation and even the creation of new employment centers in order to decongest existing urban centers,” Biazon said.

Biazon said Metro Manila, including the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Bataan, Zambales, Laguna and Cavite experienced heavy rains that caused massive flooding in many of its towns and cities brought by the southwest monsoon or “Habagat.”

Biazon cited a study of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) which showed that a total of 56 cities and municipalities from the National Capital Region (NCR), Regions III and IV-A were affected by flooding.

The NDRRMC also reported that as of August 14, 2012, 95 persons were reported dead, 11 persons injured, seven persons missing and a total of 825,018 families or about 3,742,674 individuals were affected in 2,498 barangays located in some 173 municipalities and 36 cities in 16 provinces of regions I, III, IV-B and the NCR.

Biazon said an estimated cost of damage to infrastructure is P639 million while that of agriculture is P1.6 billion, for a total of P2.2 billion.

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