Senate President Migz Zubiri proposed to the city government of Zamboanga to build a mega dike in danger zones to prevent devastating floods in the future.
Zubiri flew to Zamboanga City to turn over to Mayor John Dalipe some 15 metric tons of rice that he and several civic groups donated to the victims of Tropical Storm Paeng.
In a press briefing, the veteran legislator vowed to support the city government in making the project be realized through funding from the national government, coupled with soft loans from funding agencies, like the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“A mega dike was built in Cagayan de Oro City after Typhoon Sendong hit the area some 10 years ago.”
The seasoned lawmaker noted that a mega dike was built in Cagayan de Oro City after Typhoon Sendong hit the area some 10 years ago, causing massive floods that resulted in the death of a thousand people.
The senator said the mega dike project was built with the support of JICA after the city government relocated the residents, including informal settlers, from danger zones or no-build zones to places safe for habitation.
He said the mega dike should be built in danger zones such as the Tumaga River, which crisscrosses several heavily populated barangays.
“We also want to do it here in Zamboanga City,” Zubiri said as he committed to help negotiate with JICA for a soft loan.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said over 10,000 families or 60,000 individuals were affected by flash floods when the Tumaga River overflowed due to heavy downpours.
Meanwhile, he emphasized the need for a national agency for disaster management to take charge of emergency services, rehabilitation efforts, and information drive, among others.
“Coordinating the body is not enough. It only comes to life if there is a calamity.”
“Coordinating the body is not enough. It only comes to life if there is a calamity,” Zubiri stressed.
From Zamboanga City, he flew to Cotabato City and visited the provinces of Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat and also turned over to the local government officials rice donations for Paeng victims.