By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The first transgender congresswoman is calling on the Lower Chamber to step in and look into the frequent flooding in the municipality of Dinalupihan, Bataan possibly caused by the construction of the Subic-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman laments that it has become a way of life for residents of Dinalupihan, Bataan to be ravaged by floods especially after the completion of the SCTEx.
“Since the construction and opening of the SCTEx, the municipality of Dinalupihan, particularly areas adjacent or near the SCTEx, has experienced exacerbated levels of flood, “she said.
SCTEx is the country’s longest expressway at 93.77 kilometers and traverses the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga and Tarlac.
Under House Resolution 2046, Roman strongly urged the House Special Committee on Bases Conversion to look into the serious concern of Dinalupihan residents.
Citing the summary report by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Regional Office III, she said there are barangays in the vicinity of the SCTEx in Dinalupihan, particularly Barangays Pita and Sapang Balas, that are affected by the structure which causes flooding in the tunnels beneath the SCTEx through which the access roads to the concerned barangays pass.