President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, met with local leaders of Pampanga this week to discuss the flooding situation in the province and determine how the government could address the problem.
Pampanga’s provincial government informed the President about recently conducted a ‘flood summit’ to raise awareness among Kapampangans about the current flooding situation in the province.
Heavy siltation of the Pampanga River and tributaries connected to it also poses a major challenge to Pampanga officials in terms of flooding.
Heavy siltation is also present at the mouth of the river at Sasmuan, Masantol and Macabebe, blocking the exit of floodwaters and causing flooding in low-lying communities.
Officials have come up with solutions to address flooding in the province; desilting and dredging the Pampanga River, constructing dikes or retaining walls at the lower portions of Candaba, San Luis, San Simon and Apalit and armoring dikes to strengthen flood mitigation structures.
They also called for the relocation of informal settlers along the Pampanga River, the land banking of relocation sites and the construction of evacuation centers to accommodate affected families.