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Flood Mitigation Commission

Mayor Lim names members of city’s anti-flood commission

DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Brian Lim on Tuesday (July 30) announced the creation of the Dagupan City Flood Mitigation Commission, which is tasked to find a lasting solution to the city’s perennial flooding problem.

In a press briefing, Mayor Lim also named the members of the commission, which included engineers, architects and environmental planners from the city.

These are Engr. Joseph Lo of the business sector, Engr. Liberato Aficial and Engr. Arnold Palmero of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, and Archt. Maximo Tan and Archt. Zosimo Ganaden of the United Architects of the Philippines, who are all from the private sector.

City government representatives in the commission are Engr. Nancy Nazareno of the City Engineer’s Office, James Louell Fernandez and Jose Jesus Torio of the City Planning and Development Office, City Legal Officer Terence Marata and lawyer Michael Camilo Datario, city government consultant.

Mayor Lim chairs the commission with Lo as vice chair.

“The commission is primarily tasked to create a master plan for the City of Dagupan in coordination with the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) and other government agencies on how to resolve our flooding both in the short and the long term,” said Mayor Lim.

In an executive order (EO) creating the commission, Mayor Lim said that flooding in most parts of the city, which were by caused irregular land conversions, extreme weather events, and piecemeal infrastructure projects and urban planning, had posed “great threat” to the development of the city.

He also said that in a flood mapping survey conducted by the University of the Philippines in 2017, three fourths of the city’s 48-square-kilometer land area experienced flood levels of at least 40 centimeters, with other areas twice to thrice as much.

“The same study shows that the flooding, which the city is currently experiencing, will persist if no immediate and comprehensive interventions are undertaken,” Mayor Lim said.

“In addition, based on our surveys, 78 percent of Dagupeños said that flooding is the city’s number one problem,” he said.

Mayor Lim said that his limited understanding of engineering was the reason why he got in touch with as many experts as possible, including the office of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, to ask for their help and expertise in helping resolve the city’s flooding problem.

“I think in the next three years, we really hope to lessen or minimize the flooding that happens in our central business district,” Mayor Lim said.

The EO also mandates the commission to conduct comprehensive assessment of the flooding in the city and provide technical and professional advice to the city mayor on the field of flood control and other allied engineering matters.

The commission will also prepare and implement integrated flood mitigation plans for the city and help standardize the designs and specifications of flood mitigation works.

Mayor Lim says that the commission has three months to prepare the master plan, which he said would be submitted to the DPWH for its inclusion in the 2020 General Appropriations Act. /Dagupan PIO