Philippines Eyes Japan-Assisted Project to Address Cavite Flooding

MANILA – The Philippine government is working on a long-term solution to the flooding problem of Cavite, one of the worst-hit provinces by rain-induced floods brought by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. noted that a project financed through the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) could be a possibility, Malacañang on Monday said in a news release.

“Kaya’t naghahanap kami ng long-term solution para dito. May possibility na mayroong project na approved na galing sa Japanese — sa JICA — na palalakihin nila ‘yung ilog para mas malaki ang dadaanan ng tubig and then mayroon siyempre may mga flood control na gagawin. So iyon ang long term,” he told reporters during his visit to the evacuees in Noveleta, Cavite.

“Eh lahat ng tubig galing Tagaytay dito pumupunta eh. So talagang ang lakas ng tubig. Nasira ‘yung mga flood control kaya’t nakapasok ‘yung tubig, nabaha nang husto,” Marcos Jr. said, mentioning the aerial survey he conducted.

Meanwhile, the President assured that the government is providing continuous support to evacuees.

“The good thing is people already returned to their homes and have been rebuilding damaged houses, ” he said.

Marcos Jr. also stressed that the government must find a way to prevent severe flooding in Cavite in the future.

Paeng killed 121 people, and affected 3,180,132 residents across the Philippines, according to a report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Nov. 2. - Florenda Corpuz

(Photos courtesy of the Office of the Press Secretary)