Cagayan de Oro’s flooding woes will likely continue after several drainage projects in relation to the implemention of the CDO Urban Drainage Masterplan were either suspended or terminated due mainly to unresolved road-right-of-way (RROW) issues including unrelocated informal settler families (ISF). As of September 2022, DPWH-10 reported that to date, 30 project contracts were already completed, 7 are ongoing, 11 were suspended, and 2 were terminated.

As per DPWH-10, the terminated projects were due to unresolved RROW issues wherein only 76 Informal Settler Families (ISFs) were relocated out of the 276 identified along the Bitan-ag to Kolambog Creek project alignment. Some permanent structures were also left uncleared. The 11 suspended projects were due to absence of traffic clearance from the City Government, pending settlement of RROW concerns, and revision of plans.

Accordingly, DPWH-10 receives partial budget releases per year intended for the completion of the drainage projects, however, due to unresolved ROW issues in project locations which impede project implementation, some funds were reverted. Relocation of project-affected families were coordinated with the City Government. Once resolved and project alignment is cleared, implementation of drainage projects will be in full swing.

Below are updates of some of the ongoing urban drainage projects.

Ongoing construction of drainage system along Villarin-Lirio-Gemelina Street, Barangay Carmen is at 18.69% accomplishment as of September 15, 2022.

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Ongoing construction of drainage system/diversion channel/cross drains along Kauswagan-Bayabas Road (NHA Section) is at 41.15% accomplishment as of September 15, 2022.

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Ongoing construction of drainage system/cross drains along road leading to Bulua terminal is at 24.13% accomplishment as of September 15, 2022.

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Ongoing construction of single barrel diversion drainage line connecting the existing Bitan-ag Channel at Lim Ketkai to the diversion drainage line along BCIR and Agora Terminal Road, Lapasan is at 22.46% accomplishment as of September 15, 2022.

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Construction of rectangular open channel along Bitan-ag Creek (USTP Section) is currently suspended due to RROW issues as of September 15, 2022.

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Keep posted.

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