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PNoy visits flood victims in Malolos City, Paombong town
Friday, 10 August 2012
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HOPE FOR THE FLOOD VICTIMS. President Benigno Aquino III together with Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Chairman Joel Villanueva and Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros lead the distribution of relief goods in the City of Malolos, bringing hope to the flood victims. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS - Flood victims in this historic capital city saw hope after President Benigno S. Aquino III visited them after being submerged under floodwaters for the past four days due to intense rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon.

The president was joined by provincial officials led by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, members of the Sanguniang Panglalawigan and city officials headed by Mayor Christian D. Natividad, Vice Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian and the members of the city council in distributing relief goods and medicines to the evacuees.

The Chief Executive arrived at the Malolos Central School in Bgy. Sto. Rosario here where some 400 families were evacuated due to the severe flooding that hit this city following a big fire that razed to the ground the city’s public market two days before the intense rainfall pounded many parts of Luzon.

The president said that he is reading all reports and every agency is working round the clock to address the situation.

The Chief Executive said it will need at least P2 billion for major flood control projects, particularly in the Valenzuela- Obando-Meycauayan area or VOM project. He also said that the government will intensify the national greening program to prevent further erosions in the mountain which is the main cause of siltation and massive flooding.

Aquino also told Maloleños that Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, whom he appointed as the country’s “water czar”, and his team is now coordinating with local officials in the affected areas to estimate the damages wrought by the severe flooding.

Alvarado said Secretary Singson has already asked him to convene the committee on infrastructure of the Regional Development Council in Central Luzon after former suggested the revival of the mothballed Pampanga River Control System (PRCS), a division of DPWH tasked to oversee the dredging of rivers and maintenance of flood control systems in Central Luzon.

The PRCS was dissolved to pave way for the creation of the Mt. Pinatubo Commission to save the City of San Fernando, Pampanga and other areas devastated by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.

Alvarado also told Sec. Singson that during the time of President Cory Aquino, the province of Bulacan has never experienced severe flooding because of the PRCS.

The governor also briefed President Aquino on the flood situation in Bulacan, particularly the back- floods now surging in the towns of Calumpit and Hagonoy as well as the status of the three big dams in Bulacan –Angat, Ipo and Bustos dams. He also told President Aquino that officials of Angat dam has assured them that they will not release excess waters in order not to aggravate the back floods cascading to the coastal towns of Calumpit and Hagonoy.

Alvarado also said that R.M. T Beltran, department manager for Dams, Reservoir and Flood Forecasting Department of the National Power Corporation has transmitted a “general notice for dam release” to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council.

Beltran stated that “due to continuous large inflows to the Angat reservoir brought by the continuous rains during the past several days, the water level of Angat dam has reached 213.60 meters as of 5:00 Friday.

The department manager also stated that “due to the cascading of flood waters in Calumpit from Nueva Ecija and Pampanga, the spilling of accumulated water in the reservoir is hereby put on-hold until further notice.”

Meanwhile, Alvarado has ordered a simultaneous cleanup drive and relief operation yesterday, August 10, wherein a total of 18, 150 families from Marilao, Meycauayan and Bocaue received relief goods.

The governor also instructed Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Gomez to immediately conduct medical missions in the areas affected by flooding.

The president and his entourage then proceeded to the neighboring coastal town of Paombong, which also bore the brunt of heavy flooding since Tuesday. The President also distributed relief goods to the flood victims in the said town. ###

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