Cebu City mayor bares why he wasn’t seen when floods struck

Published August 8, 2022, 3:22 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Mayor Michael Rama explained Monday, August 8, why he was not seen in the past few days especially when floods inundated this city.

RAMA (FB photo)

Rama said he had to isolate himself after he tested positive for Covid-19.

“Your mayor was infected with Covid,” Rama said.

Some netizens had asked why he was not visible on the ground when most areas in this city were flooded last week due to non-stop rain.

Now that he has completely recovered from the infection, Rama said he has started inspecting rivers and creeks.

Rama said he has inspected the Kinalumsan River where a clearing operation is ongoing.

During a heavy downpour last Thursday, a man and his damaged house were swept away by the river’s strong current.

The man, who was identified as Basil Baylosis, was eventually rescued. Baylosis visited Rama Monday to seek assistance after his house was damaged by the flashflood.

Rama said the city will demolish structures built on the three-meter easement at Kinalumsan River.

He said the city will strictly enforce the three-meter easement rule not just at Kinalumsan but in all riverbanks as one of the measures to prevent heavy flooding.