By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the flood control system being installed along Lacson Street in Bacolod City is nearly complete.
In a radio interview yesterday, Bacolod City District Engineering Office head, Engr. Abraham Villareal, estimated the project to be around 95 percent complete, with only the installation of inlets, which connect the pipes, left to finish.
He pointed out, the connections will efficiently collect water during heavy rains and carry it to the Mandalagan Bridge.
Villareal also stated the completion time for the project was supposed to be in November, but said they have been working “double time” to finish by October, in time for the MassKara Festival.
Earlier this month, several city residents blamed the unfinished project as the cause of recent flooding, brought about by the southwest monsoon.
The project has also caused heavy traffic along Lacson Street and was also blamed for several accidents involving vehicles falling into unfinished portions of the installation.
Last month, with regard to the flood control project, Bacolod City lone district Rep. Greg Gasataya affirmed flooding along the city’s main roads will “soon be a thing of the past” once the system is fully operational./DGB, WDJ