BAGUIO CITY – The city of Baguio already feels the coming of the rainy season. Thus, the city government here has stepped up preparations for this coming rainy season.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan disclosed that he has directed the City Engineer’s Office to coordinate with the different districts of Baguio to conduct inspections on the drainage and at the same time to declog the same to prevent, if not, minimize flooding.
Domogan urged the barangay officials especially those barangays prone to landslides and flooding to start conducting a clean-up drive which includes cleaning of main streets, declogging of drainage systems as well as segregation of household wastes for proper disposal.
Moreover, he reminded the district officials and constituents of City Camp lagoon on their obligations in ensuring proper garbage disposal considering that their area is one of the catch basins of floodwaters.
On the other hand, Domogan hoped that on-going construction projects of the CEO and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that may possibly cause inconvenience will be constantly monitored.
“Make sure that the contractors must at all time have flagmen to minimize traffic and finish the project on the prescribed time,” added Domogan.
In the meantime , local disaster risk management officer Julius Santos, their office is closely coordinating with the Department of Education and Social Welfare Office for the availability of evacuation centers and relieve goods in case of calamity.
“Since the multi-storey city disaster risk reduction and management building that will serve as the city’s premiere evacuation center for any natural and man-made calamity victims is not yet finished, the public schools will still be used as evacuation centers during the onslaught of natural calamities,” said Santos.
Meanwhile, Domogan urged all Baguio residents to do their part in the proper waste disposals, cleaning their surroundings and clearing canals. He also reminded the residents to be vigilant this coming rainy reason to prevent severe casualties. /Jho Arranz