By CRIS DIAZ
Four years ago, Cagayan De Oro City was tagged as the city with the worst traffic in the country.
Today, it is no longer traffic alone that makes Cagayan De Oro one of the worst cities in the country to live: Flood has become a menace to every resident, visitor, and traveler, too.
Many have now questioned the capability of the city’s incumbent administration to address the problem of traffic and flooding. Many residents have now questioned the competence of the city officials.
Perhaps, it would be preposterous to say that the officials of the incumbent administration are “incompetent.” At least, it is how President Rodrigo Duterte described the ineptness of public officials, particularly elected public officials who are “misfits.”
City Councilor Todolfo Lao was more direct in expressing his disgust over the flood and traffic problem plaguing the city today. In his special report to the City Council, Lao called on the City Mayor to act and to convene the Traffic Management Board (TMB) in order that the traffic problem could be addressed.
Lao said that aside from the traffic jam, people and commuters are stranded during rainy days because of the absence of adequate transportation facilities. Of course, who among the passenger drivers in their right senses would pick commuters when the city is flooded?
The Ordinance that mandated the convening of the TMB was enacted sometime in 2007. Lao should understand that the Moreno administration has no interest in implementing laws, which was not enacted during his (Moreno) incumbency. Perhaps, this idea answers the question of Lao on why, until now, Moreno did not convene the TMB.
Anyway, even if the TMB is convened, the traffic problem could not be addressed still. No expert opinion could resolve the city’s traffic predicament when, during slight drizzles, the city’s major thoroughfares become vulnerable to flooding.
For all intents and purposes, it is the flooding of the city’s major streets that causes massive traffic congestion during heavy rains. One should seriously conduct a re-study and restructuring of the city’s drainage system before the issue of traffic mess is effectively addressed.
However, one could not see any immediate solution in sight when the drainage system is considered. Reason: The city’s drainage system is defective! Undoubtedly, the defective drainage causes the clogging of objects and plastics, cans, cartoons, and eroded soils.
Correcting the city’s drainage system would mean a massive destruction and reconstruction of existing pavements and even buildings. Thanked the brightest engineers who allowed the construction of the drainage despite glaring violations!
For instance, a larger portion of the natural waterways (the Bigaan Creek) traversing across the commercial district in Lapasan is now completely covered. During heavy rains, the flood waters would spill over the creek because of clogging due to objects, plastics, and garbage. Result: Flood!
There is also this creek at the Mabulay Subdivision whose waterways could only be partly traced. Where is its origin and what happened to the rest of the creek? One thing is certain the Mabulay Creek meet at the junction of the Bigaan Creek at the back of a downtown shopping mall along Claro M. Recto Highway. How could an ocular inspection/assessment of these creeks be done when most of its waterways are now covered?
There is only one solution: Destroy all the concrete pavement that covers the creek and construct a concrete flood control-drainage along the creek side. Instead, build bridges as pathways and roadways. The point is to clear the waterways make the creek visible for inspection and clearing of flood debris. In this way, the city could restore the natural waterways and address the clogging of drainage and creeks. -o- Email reactions/comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
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