On the road to progress
"Here’s what’s happening in Cagayan de Oro. "
While Cagayan de Oro has always been well-represented in both Houses of Congress, it seems the city has benefited from big-time projects funded by the national government only on a few occasions. Fortunately, under the present administration, it was a recipient of billion-peso projects both aimed at addressing the city’s premier woes—flooding and housing program for its informal settlers. Presently, construction works on two road drainage systems in Cagayan de Oro are now under way to alleviate the recurring flooding problem in the city. Barangays Camaman-an and Lapasan are among the target areas of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 10 for its flood mitigation projects, which have a total budget of P1.84 billion, set to be disbursed in phases. The diversion drainage line project in Barangay Camaman-an stretches 1.23 kilometers, with the reinforced concrete box culvert spanning from Bitan-ag Creek upstream to Kolambog Creek outfall. Kolambog Creek is also included in DPWH-10’s channel improvement project, as water from the creek flows from Barangay Camaman-an to Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road and Macajalar Bay outfall in Barangay Lapasan. The project involves the costruction of an open canal, a 16-meter flat slab bridge, and an 894-meter reinforced concrete box culvert. Other major project areas include Barangays Sapang and Carmen. DPWH-10 expects to complete the construction works by 2022. Earlier, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno stressed the need to upgrade the city’s drainage system to prevent massive flooding, especially during the typhoon season. Moreno also initiated programs to strengthen the city’s disaster preparedness and response.