Zafra wants gabion dams in mountain barangays
(The Freeman) - September 21, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Cebu City Councilor Phillip Zafra is pushing for the construction of water catchments, water impoundment facilities and gabion dams in the mountain barangays to preserve water and help address flooding in the urban barangays.

The City Council supported Zafra’s initiative by approving his proposed resolution for the purpose. Zafra said he got the idea of building water catchment facilities when he visited the mountain barangays and saw the abundant supply of water from the spring despite the drought.

“Ang ilang gibuhat, nagbuhat sila og catchment and/or impoundment ginamit ang trapal. Didto ko nakita nga nganong dili man ni nato buhaton. Usik kaayo ang tubig nga mapahimuslan unta panahon sa tinghuwaw,” said Zafra.

Many barangays in the city such as Tagbao, Buot, Pamutan, Sapangdaku, Budlaan, Lusaran, Cambinocot, and Sudlon 1 have plenty of water spring or “tubod.”

“Many residents have benefitted from it in their day to day needs however, the same remains underutilized and its full utilization is wasted as most of these waters just flow towards the sea,” Zafra said.

It was indicated in a recent report that by 2030, saltwater intrusion is estimated to reach inland as far as the foothills of Barangay Talamban.

“Drastic action has to be undertaken now before we will be experiencing the worse water crisis in our history,” Zafra said.

Zafra explained that instead of considering a more expensive method such as desalination, it is much better to construct water impoundment or catchment facility and/or gabion dam in different parts of the city’s mountain barangays to maximize the use of water.

He added that the construction of these facilities will not only help conserve water but will also help address flooding and drainage problems in the lowland barangays.

Zafra also recommended that a joint study and profile survey will be conducted by the city’s Engineering and Agriculture offices in the mountain barangays to plan the necessary Program of Works and Estimate (POWE) for the construction of the needed facilities.— Mary Ruth Malinao/FPL (FREEMAN)

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