Pangilinan files resolution to probe ‘Ulysses’-induced flooding in Cagayan Valley

Published November 17, 2020, 10:06 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Following the call of Vice President Leni Robredo to investigate the unprecedented flooding in Cagayan Valley, opposition Senator Francis “Kiko” N. Pangilinan on Tuesday said that he would file a Senate resolution to probe typhoon ‘’Ulysses’’-induced flooding that has already claimed 24 lives in the region.

Senator Francis Pangilinan (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

As former chairman of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in 2014-2015, Pangilinan said that there are protocols that should have been followed on dam discharge and flood warning.

According to Infrawatch PH convenor Terry Ridon, the gates of Magat Dam were still closed three to four days prior to the landfall of typhoon ‘’Ulysses,’’ as opposed to its protocol that Magat should have been able to make sufficient water drawdown two to three days before landfall.

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba said that the people of Cagayan have been planning to sue Magat Dam for the damage they experience every year.

Officials say this is the worst flooding in Cagayan in 45 years.

During a Monday interview on Headstart, Vice President Robredo also urged the affected regions to invest in “disaster-proofing” to mitigate the effects of the typhoons in their localities.

At least 50 villages in Cagayan Province are still isolated by floods as of November 16, according to reports.

“Ulysses” is the third major typhoon that has battered Luzon in three weeks.

Damages to infrastructure from Typhoon “Ulysses” alone is estimated to be at P470 million.