OBANDO, Bulacan: It is a sunny Monday in the entire province of Bulacan but heavy flooding caused by high tide prompted local officials in this town to suspend classes in all levels in eight of the 11 villages here.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that classes were not suspended in the villages of San Pascual, Lawa and Paco where flooding due to high tide were minimal.
PDRRM executive officer Liz Mungcal said that heavy flooding have inundated the villages of Panghulo, Catanghalan, Pag-asa, Paliwas, Hulo, Tawiran, Binuangan and Salambao.
These villages were submerged under 4 to 4.56 feet of flood water brought by the high tide.
Mungcal said the flooding was also aggravated by the breaching of an earth dike located along the fishing village of Barangay Pag-Asa.
She said that local officials are still in the process of repairing the damaged earth dike which was destroyed when typhoon “Glenda” hit the country last month.
“They are having difficulty in repairing the breached earth dike due to high tide,” Mungcal said.
Town mayor Edwin Santos said that aside from the suspension of classes, many areas are now isolated as many roads were rendered impassable to light vehicles.
He said that even the municipal building was not spared as employees have to brave floods .
“We have decided to suspend classes because the students from those flooded areas would have hard time in going to schools,” Santos said.
He also said that floods have become a way of life for the people of Obando.
He said that their dilemma was answered by the national government who planned to construct a dike to address the perennial planning but it was mothballed because of the controversy hounding the issuance of disbursement acceleration program (DAP).
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado have instructed Mungcal to closely monitor the situation and coordinate with the MDRRMO of Obando.
“We have asked to closely monitor the floods there. The villages in Obando are always experiencing perennial flooding. But this time, it is worse due to the damaged earth dike,” the governor said. PNA