Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said the task force remains confident the drainage project will be finished by 2020 to minimize the flooding in Boracay Island.
Earlier this week, the island’s low lying areas were inundated due to heavy rains from tropical storm Falcon. Residents and tourists had no choice but to wade through floodwaters along the main road.
It also disrupted the lives of thousands of workers and employees in hotels and establishments, while students also have a hard time from getting to school.
“May ongoing construction ng mga infrastructures sa isla. Ang malaking outfall ay ginagawa pa at ang dalawang maliit na outfall ang tumatakbo ngayon. Ang drainage project ay dapat seven years ang pag-gawa, it will be shortened to three years. Sa ngayon, mahigit isang taon na itong ginagawa,” Antiporda said.
Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise and Zone Authority (TIEZA) is currently undertaking the completion of pumping stations and sea outfall pipelines for the three barangays in the island.
“Bear with us habang kinukumpleto natin ang Phase II drainage project ng TIEZA. Magtulong tulong din tayo para hindi mapunta ang mga debris at magbara doon sa drainage system. Nanawagan tayo, malalampasan natin ito,” Antiporda added.
Natividad Bernandino, manager of Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG) said, mitigating measures were undertaken to ease the impact in perennially flooded areas of D’Mall D’Boracay, Bloomfield Academy area and Ambassador in Paradise Resort in main road Boracay.
“Hopefully, magdudugtong dugtong na ang mga pipes para maayos ang pagbaha,” she added.
By BOY RYAN B. ZABAL