HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo vowed to convene the House Oversight Committee on Disaster Management to look into the possible expansion of the flood control project in Iloilo City.
Arroyo visited Iloilo City and Passi City over the weekend to check on the reports of the locals about the perennial flood problem.
Arroyo, during an ocular inspection of her Iloilo City flood control project in Bgy. Buhang in Jaro, said she will convene the committee to try to address the perennial flooding in Passi, which is caused by the overflowing of its three-river systems.
She said the committee will also look into the possible expansion and improvement of the flood control project she implemented in Iloilo City.
The House leader wants as members of the panel those who are not running or running unopposed to conduct the hearing.
”I don’t want to get in the way of their campaign. If I don’t find anyone who is not running or running unopposed, I will chair it myself,” she said.
Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Trenas said the flood control project implemented by Arroyo when she was the president in 2003 had saved lives and property since it has eradicated floods that has caused so much damage in at least 60 percent of Iloilo City.
“Before the floodway and the flood control project of Speaker GMA, we were always flooded whenever there were heavy rains. There was no development and people were always suffering. When this was completed, there was no more flooding and there was massive development in our city,” Trenas said.
The P5.5 billion Iloilo Flood Control Project consisted of the construction of the Jaro Floodway and improvement of the Tigum and Aganan Rivers.