Albay’s strong disaster risk reduction (DRR) program is slowly transforming vulnerable areas into resilient communities, led by this city, with an ongoing P2-billion flood control project designed to save it from massive flooding.
Governor Joey Salceda of Albay province said the project will reinvent Legazpi City as an all-weather community and live up to its role as regional center of Bicol politically, economically, and as a model of disaster resiliency.
The governor, who chairs the Bicol Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC), said the project is a modern flood control facility, with giant pumping stations installed in three strategic locations around the city’s urban center – covering the entire commercial, industrial and residential areas – to flush out floodwaters to the Albay Gulf.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started work on the support structures with the initial P800 million earlier released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
Salceda has sourced out budgets from various funding institutions, national and foreign, to finance the province’s many DRR support projects, among them flood control and classrooms that double as evacuation centers, and installation of flood early warning systems around the province.
With a strong DRR and CCA programs, the province has earned the support of the international community, since most funding institutions are now focussed on the global problem of disaster mitigation and risk reduction, he said.
The Legazpi pumping stations will be installed in the flood prone coastal barangays of Victory Village, Bonot and San Roque, following the construction of giant dikes along the Macabalo River.
A jetty will also be constructed on the banks of Yawa River to maintain the steady flow of floodwaters and protect dikes from over-flooding, Salceda added. PNA