The Regional Development Council 7 – Infrastructure Development Committee (RDC-IDC) is proposing to meet with district representatives in Metro Cebu to identify solutions to the flooding problem in most areas in the metropolis.

RDC-IDC Chairperson Kenneth Cobonpue made the proposal during the IDC’s 4th Quarter Meeting last 16 November 2022, where updates were given on the Metro Cebu Integrated Flood Control projects and drainage master plan.

Since the comprehensive study for the master plan was conducted in 2016 until the present, the RDC has since passed seven resolutions relating to its implementation, considering the urgency of addressing the recurrent flooding problem in Metro Cebu.

The total cost of the projects in the master plan was pegged at PhP 44.295 billion but of this amount, only 4.6% or PhP 2,046.51 million was funded and implemented as of September 2022.

Concerted effort’

Also in the same meeting, the Department of Public Works and Highways Unified Project Management Office-Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC) reported that, “we have one project (Subangdaku Cut-off Channel) wherein funds were approved. Unfortunately, it was reverted (to the Treasury) due to Right-of-Way issues.”

“Due to recent floodings, I already sent a letter to our Senior Undersecretary, requesting him to include in the request for ODA fund the remaining (unfunded) projects as integrated in the master plan,” Engr. Luis Paredes of the DPWH UPMO-FCMC added.

Saying that the implementation of flood-control projects is long overdue, Cobonpue, who is also the RDC co-chairperson, suggested the conduct of a forum with the concerned local chief executives and district representatives to have these projects funded and to consider the implementation a priority.

“This requires the congressmen’s cooperation… because the situation is really difficult now. All we can do is keep on proposing projects and endorsing them; the budget (costs of project implementation) keeps on going up every year but these (projects) will never be funded. This needs political will and has to be a concerted effort as the projects cut across several congressional districts,” Cobonpue stressed.

Other projects

Other critical infrastructure issues discussed in the meeting were the following:

  1. Restructuring of the Malinao Dam Improvement Project in Bohol
  2. Transportation Link Study for Central Visayas
  3. Central Visayas Regional Development Plan Infrastructure Sector Situationer and Subsector Strategy Framework for 2023-2028
  4. On the Malinao Dam, the IDC recommended that the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) 7 address the concerns and recommendations relative to the proposed restructuring of the Malinao Dam Improvement Project before the project will be elevated to the RDC Full Council for endorsement.