BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia was piqued by the criticism of the ongoing flood control project on Lacson Street.
Leonardia said the critic – former mayor Monico Puentevella, his political rival – should be thankful there is such project now.
Nothing can stop flooding in the city when it is hit by three to four days’ worth of rain, Leonardia stressed.
“The city will still be flooded even if its mayor is United States President Donald Trump,” he quipped.
In light of the floods that hit the city on Aug. 2 Puentevella said the flooding problem in Bacolod has gotten worse.
“May bag-o na nga golf course kag may waterfalls na sa Bacolod,” he quipped, referring to the unfinished flood control project that left holes on Lacson Street.
Leonardia called this criticism “very ridiculous.”
“Puentevella served the city for 12 years – nine years as congressman and three years as mayor,” said Leonardia. “What has he done during his time (in office)?”
Puentevella, who sought re-election as mayor during the May 2016 national elections, was defeated by Leonardia.
“Maayo gani subong kay ginapaubra ni Congressman Greg Gasataya, may palaabuton kita,” Leonardia said of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) project.
“Dapat gani dalayawon na kay ginapatrabaho niya (Gasataya),” the mayor added.
The office of Gasataya facilitated the flood control project now being implemented by the DPWH.
Leonardia and Gasataya were allies under the local political group Grupo Progreso.
During his time in office Puentevella led the rival local political group, Magbinuligay Kita sa Kauswagan.
That the city gets flooded from time to time “doesn’t mean we are not doing anything about [the floods],” said Leonardia.
Aside from the ongoing flood control project, the DPWH allocated some P27 million for a feasibility study on drainage master plans for this city and Balanga City, Bataan, he disclosed.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office blamed the indiscriminate throwing of garbage as the main cause of floods.
Leonardia appealed to the public for “support and cooperation” in preventing floods by throwing their wastes properly./PN