The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) has called for a review and updating of the city’s hazard map after torrential rains that caused flooding in certain parts of the city last week.
MBCCI chief executive officer Frank Carbon noted that it is possible that the current hazard map is no longer applicable, and there is a need to identify flood-prone areas, according to a report.
“This will warn not only the business sector but the whole community as well on what areas to avoid,” he added.
According to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the flood in the city happened on March 6 after continuous rainfall equivalent to four days.
Reported fatalities were two persons, including a five-year old swept away by floodwaters.
Carbon added that alternative routes can be provided once the hazard map is reviewed and updated.
“These alternative routes should be cleared from illegal structures and well-lighted to ensure the safety of the public and motorists. The public needs to identify areas where they can stay safe until the waters subside,” he added.
Flooding slows down the growth of business in the area, he added. He also noted that it costs business to construct businesses that will just be flooded.
Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya has ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways Bacolod City District Engineering Office to pass a report on the drainage projects in the city after the flooding on March 6.
“We asked District Engineer Abraham Villareal to investigate and make a report with recommendations on the completed and ongoing drainage projects along the (affected) national roads,” he said.