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Bugo residents seek better gov’t infra projects vs flooding

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)--Residents of Barangay Bugo in Zone 4, Zone 5, Lower and Upper Bantiles, Zone 6: Higaonon and Gemilina Streets, Zone 8, and Phase 3 Villa Trinitas endured waist- and knee-deep flooding as the barangay experienced heavy rainfall in the evening of July 21. Residents are now heeding the government's call for better infrastructure projects to protect them against the reoccurring flood problem, which also affected some parts of the nearby Bukidnon area. "Kinahanglan na gyud ug attention gikan sa taas nga lokal nga kagamhanan (sa syudad) kining suba ug dike sa Zone 4 Bugo kay dako kaayo nga perwisyo ug makaguol sa katawhan nga lumulupyo; halos dili ra magtuig nga balik-balik sa baha kung adunay kusog nga ulan, LPA, hilabi na gyud bagyo," Christian Obasa said. (The river and dike here in Zone 4 need attention from the local government since they cause hassle and depression to residents since we experience reoccurring floods every time there are heavy rains, especially if it is a typhoon) Obasa expressed that despite the aid given to those affected by the flooding being appreciated, he would rather see concrete and proper planning done by the local government to solve the problem of the flood dikes since the river water tends to overflow during heavy rains. He also requested the dredging of the riverbed and the extension of the dam. Meanwhile, some residents asked for the project completion of the drainage canals in their area since they had become a funnel for flood waters during heavy rains, while others sought a review of the drainage plan of the diversion road from Tagoloan to Manolo Fortich that traverses the mountain area of Bugo due to the floods experienced after its construction. "Kami diri sa alliance mura mi'g imbudo amoa tanan baha gikan taas; gamay kaayo ang kanal kay wala man tiwasa ning kanal padulong highway. Duha ka kanal gikan greymar ang gasalo isa ka gamay nga kanal. Dili ni ing-ani sauna, kay ayha ra masudlan amoang balay kung bagyo na kaayo," Tessie Lim said. (Here in alliance, we are like a funnel since all the flood coming from the upper area comes here. The drainage canal is very small since the [project] canal going towards the highway was not finished, and two drainage canals coming from Greymar converge in a small drainage canal. This is not like before because our house only becomes flooded during typhoons) With the continuous flooding, residents are hopeful that the local government will address the current dilemma that they are facing. According to the police reports received during the July 21 flooding incident, around 1,500 families were affected in Barangay Bugo. (JAKA/PIA-10)

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