MANILA, Philippines – An artificial embankment installed by a private company next to the Marikina River, a former parliamentarian and mayor, could cause numerous floods in the vicinity at the height of the nearby typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco), Mayor Marcelino Teodoro. Marikina City said Sunday.
In a telephone interview, Teodoro said he will file an administrative complaint against Marikina Bayani Fernando representing BF Corp. against the company for carrying out a rehabilitation project without an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
However, he clarified that he did not blame Fernando for the recent floods, but said the project needed an ECC before implementing any change or development in the area.
“This could be a small helpful factor, but I think all aspects of the problem should be looked at. The problem is very complex,” Theodore said.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said DENR will look into the complaint about the Marikina City government project. “There should certainly be no claims,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
Theodore said the BF Corp. project in the river servitude has caused flooding in Sitio Olanday, Barangay Industrial Valley. Its inhabitants had been flooded to their knees in previous typhoons, he said, but during Ulysses ’attack the floods completely engulfed their homes.
The mayor explained that the alignment of the Marikina River was reduced to 30 meters from its original width of 100 meters, and, citing residents ’accounts, BF Corp. trucks dumped the land, reducing its ability to carry water from the river. .
“The corporation applied for permission to build a nearby gas station and school, however [the local government] he could not give them that because they had to show an ECC. They didn’t have that, ”Theodore said.
Road dike project?
In a televised interview, however, Fernando said the mayor was talking about the project for a road dike overseen by the Department of Public Works and Roads (DPWH).
“Actually, we are already building the road according to new river plans. The Marikina River will have roads on each side that stretch from Pasig [City] Montalbaneraino [in Rizal province]”, Said Fernando, Marikina was mayor from 1992 to 2001.
Theodore objected that the DPWH had already denied Fernando’s claim and that the department was not responsible for recovery projects along the Marikina River.
After consulting with DENR, Theodore said he was aware that he did not approve the installation of the artificial vessel and that BF Corp. had not been granted ECC “because it lacked the requirements.”
Cimatu said he has ordered the DENR-National Capital Region to investigate the claim and fail to report the ECC, as well as the retaining wall built along the riverbanks.
“If you build a retaining wall there, the water flow will slow down and the water flow in the river will be narrower,” he said.
The DENR plans to measure the capacity of the Marikina River on Monday and compare it with previous levels.
“The old river and how we look at it [it] it tightened over the years, “Cimatu said.” We could increase the volume capacity of the river by enforcing the law of servitude. “
He said the DENR will assess changes in the width of the river based on data from the National Map and Resource Information Authority.
According to the Philippine Water Code or Presidential Decree 1067, the banks of urban rivers and streams should have a 3-meter curb.
Cimatu noted that the Marikina City government had already approved an ordinance that would increase the easement on both sides of the river to 40 meters.
After the floods that recently crossed the city of Marikina, Cimatu recommended widening the Marikina River to increase flood capacity. On a visit to the city on Saturday, he saw the narrow canals around the river.
–With reports by Nestor Corrales and Jhesset O. Enano
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