Legazpi City to become “an all-weather city”, mayor says
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal assured his constituents of less flooding this year with the opening of three pumping stations in the coming months.
Rosal said the pumping stations, built at the cost of P2.1 billion, will reduce the perennial flooding at the Oro Site, Penaranda, Cabangan, San Roque, Sabang, Lapu-Lapu and other low lying villages.
The pumping stations, including a seawall, were funded by the national government.
“These projects 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,” Rosal said.
“These will boost economic growth rate as Legazpi will be converted into an ‘all-weather city’ all the time,” he added.
Rosal said the three pumping stations at Tibu River in San Roque, Victory and Baybay villages will be operational this year.
The facilities include flood control structures along Tibu and Macabalo rivers, and 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.
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