Capiz Gov. Fredenil Castro (CNN photo courtesy)
MANILA – Capiz governor Fredenil Castro on Tuesday blasted the national government, particularly the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for keeping a blind eye to the needs of his province, especially on flood mitigation projects.
Castro recently declared his province under a state of calamity due to severe floodings in some areas no thanks to typhoon Paeng.
Capiz and Aklan were the hardest-hit provinces in Region 6 by the recent typhoon.
“I am very, very disappointed that they (DPWH) have remained insensitive to the needs of the people here (Capiz province),” Castro said during an interview over DZBB on the heels of widespread flooding spawned by typhoon Paeng recently.
“Although hindi ko naman sinisisi dito ang bagong administrasyon at hindi pa kami nag-uusap ni Presidente Marcos, ngunit maganda sana kung matutulungan ang aming probinsya dahil naging kaugalian na kapag may pag-ulan dito ay siguradong kasunod na ang pagbaha,” Castro added.
He also said that the province’s perennial problem on flooding has been going on unmitigated for about 40 years now owing to the public works agency’s inaction.
“Ilang governors na ang dumaan ngunit hindi inaasikaso ng DPWH ang gawain upang maibsan ang pagbaha,” Castro said during the interview.
“Ang problema pa, it has become routine that during typhoons or during the rainy season ay talagang kasunod na ang mga pagbaha dito sa lugar namin kaya naman ang economic growth dito sa aming probinsya ay hindi mabagal as it is being pulled down dahil sa mga pagbaha,” he said.
Storm surges, Pilar Mayor Arnold Perez
Aside from flooding, storm surges also pose a big risk to some areas in the province, especially for coastal-lying towns like Pilar which is located in District 1 of the province.
Storm surges during typhoons have been a major concern to Pilar town mayor Arnold Perez since he assumed office because according to the local chief executive, whose family remains die-hard Marcos loyalists until now, at least 10 of the town’s 24 are located along the shoreline of Pilar that stretches up to more than 10 kilometers.
“In view of this, we have already written a request to President Marcos and we remain optimistic our Chief Executive (PBBM) will hear the prayers of my constituents for a flood and storm surge mitigation project in the form of a seawall,” Perez said in a separate interview.
“At present, our seawall project request has already been endorsed and transmitted by the Climate Change Commission to the DPWH main office and we are very grateful for this, for CCC’s fastidious action and concern for the people of Pilar, Capiz,” Perez said. (IAmi/MTVN)