Baronda wants more funds for drainage project

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Iloilo City Rep. Julienne Baronda asked the Department of Works and Highways (DPWH) for additional funding to solve the flooding woes in the metro.

During a budget hearing, Baronda noted that based on a 2017 feasibility study, P6.2 billion was needed for the Iloilo City Comprehensive Drainage Plan, but only P500 million had been released thus far.

One of the top concerns of the city government and residents is the city’s constant flooding caused by high tides and persistent problems with the drainage system, she lamented. (

“Concern talaga namin hindi lang during time ng typhoon, ‘pag mag high tide, underwater na ang several areas in Iloilo City. So, I would just like to ask the assistance of the good secretary na sana matulungan kami about the problem at madagdagan ang pondo para sa comprehensive drainage plan para sa Iloilo City,” acoording to her.

DPWH secretary Manuel Bonoan said that he will look into Baronda’s concerns.