LEGAZPI CITY: Eight years after Typhoon Reming, Legazpi City has transformed into the country’s first so-called “all weather city” with the construction of pumping stations worth P2.1 billion and a seawall to protect the coastal villages.
The pumping stations built in three coastal villages of Legazpi was funded by the national government to address the peren- nial flooding at the Oro Site, Penaranda, Cabangan, San Ro-que, Sabang, Lapu-Lapu and other low lying villages.
“The project will provide solution to perennial flooding problems in Legazpi where almost 80 percent of the population in (the) city proper were affected especially during rainy seasons and high tide. These projects will boost economic growth rate as Legazpi will be converted into an all weather city all the time,” Mayor Noel Rosal told The Manila Times.
Rosal said the three pumping stations at Tibu River in San Roque, Victory and Baybay villages will be operational this year.
The features of the project include flood control structures along Tibu and Macabalo Rivers, the improvement and construction of flood control dikes, drainage system and sea wall.
Rosal said all the garbage and other waste materials in the rivers will be filtered by a trash conveyor system.
Aside from pumping stations project, the city government is also constructing the 2.7-kilometer road that serves as a storm surge protector, which will protect some 20,000 families living in the coastal villages of Pigcale, Sabang, Baybay, San Roque and Rawis.