USec. Adoracion M. Navarro of NEDA-Regional Development Office, in her keynote speech, challenged the local planners and engineers to formulate and implement a comprehensive flood control master plan that will address the problems caused by flooding in Calabarzon region.

The RDC Calabarzon elicited during a recently held summit the strong commitment of local planners and regional implementing agencies to address flooding issues in the region. The RDC, in partnership with the Calabarzon League of Local Planners, initiated the conduct of the Calabarzon Flood Control Summit on November 23 at the NEDA Region IV-A Office in Calamba City. The Summit drumbeat the flooding issue and emphasized the need for the formulation of the Calabarzon Flood Control Masterplan. The event was attended by officials and technical staff from the RDC, DPWH Region IV-A and its District Engineering Offices, DPWH Flood Control Management Office, DENR Region IV-A, HLURB Southern Tagalog, local development and planning coordinators and engineers, and State Universities and Colleges.

Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro in her keynote message shared her strong advocacies on regional development and disaster risk reduction. She conveyed her support to the formulation of the Calabarzon Flood Control Masterplan given the region’s significant contribution to the national economy. The region annually contributes the second largest regional share in GDP, next to NCR. She also cited the importance of the proposed masterplan for the sustained growth and development of Calabarzon given its rapidly changing environment brought about by climate change and rapid urbanization. With the proposed masterplan, the region’s approach to flooding would be a more pro-active approach rather than a reactive one which usually leads to costly damage-control interventions.

The Calabarzon Flood Control Summit was attended by local planners and engineers, DPWH IV-A District Engineering Offices, regional line agencies, private sector, and state universities and colleges

To move forward, the Calabarzon RDC in December will endorse to DPWH Central Office the conduct of the masterplanning activities in 2020. Starting in the first quarter of 2019, the RDC Secretariat, DPWH Flood Control Management Office and Calabarzon League of Planners will conduct river basin/watershed workshops to advocate the formulation of the masterplan at the local level and start the data gathering. Upon completion of the masterplan, the recommended interventions will be integrated in all the regional and local development plans and investment programs.

Valter L. Morada, NEDA Region IV-A | November 27, 2018