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President Duterte commits to solve Bicol’s perennial flooding problems

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President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to address the flooding problems of Bicol Region out of the budget coming from the Road Board once its finally abolished.

During the briefing last Friday in Camarines Sur, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte pointed out that his province acts as the “catch basin” of other Bicol provinces, which causes the perennial flooding.

The solon also said that around 80% of Bicol River is located in Camarines sue.

“So kung umulan po sa Albay, kahit na hindi umuulan sa Cam Sur, ‘yung tubig nila po pupunta sa amin. Then kung umulan sa Camarines Norte po, kahit hindi umuulan sa Camarines Sur, mababaha rin kami dahil papasok
sa Pulantuna River. So I think sir, the basic solution lang po is i-dredge po, i-desilt ‘yung Bicol River,” Villafuerte yold the president.

“‘Pag sa — kung for example po sa Bicol River, sir, ‘pag high tide dumadaan po ‘yung boat. ‘Pag hapon hindi na makadaan. Ganon po kababa. More than 30 years na po last na-dredge ‘yan,” he added.

In response, Duterte vowed that the first project that will be built out of the money from Road Board Abolition will be used to solve the flooding in Camarines Sur.

“Ilagay ko DPWH or what. Payag ako unahin kayo dito. You’ll have the first. So ‘yung first project, kasi tayo man nag-uusap dito,” Duterte said.

“I’ll commit to you that the very first projects that would be undertaken under that fund, if it’s transferred to a DPWH or sa Agriculture, okay ako,” he said.

Duterte said that he will convince the Congress to allocate the funds for insfrastructure projects in Bicol to solve its flooding woes.

“We will work together, convince Congress. Wala naman silang magawa talaga diyan. Ayaw ko talaga eh, maski saan niyo ilagay, I will not release any single centavo there. Manghinayang ako,” said Duterte.

“So okay ako diyan unahin muna ang Bicol. With that money, I will give you my commitment that you’ll be the first. Kunin talaga natin ‘yang pera na ‘yan. I will get it. Put it somewhere else — para ma-ano sa tao,” he said