2011 Flood (Definitely NOT during Sendong)

There was flood at Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision in 2011, but definitely not caused by Tropical Storm Sendong. The October 2011 flood only affected Phase 2. The two other phases were spared.

The incessant downpour from early evening to the wee hours of the following morning led to the flooding in Phase 2. Flood water from the surrounding hills of the subdivision, passed through Phase 1 and Phase 3, made the Phase 2 the catch basin of rainwater.

The heavy downpour resulted to swelling of the Bunkalalan River, which runs beside Phases 2 and 3. The river is usually almost dry during regular days. You can even walked across it. The swelling of the river aggravated the situation since rainwater could no longer be dumped to the river.

Extent of Flood

The floodwater started to rise at around 5:00 o’clock in the morning. Fortunately, flood water didn’t seep into the houses but it rendered almost all roads in Phase 2 impassable. There was no reported backflow in houses’ comfort rooms; the usual case in flood incident.

The River Rechanneling System

The river rechanneling system which was implemented after the November 2009 flood incident works during the flood. It had helped ease the water in the swelling Bunkalalan River; without it, tons of excess water from the river would have seeped through the subdivision.

The Video

Below is an amateur video of the October 2011 flood incident showing the swelling of Bunkalalan River and some shots of the flooded road of Phase 2. The working river rechanneling system is the one you will see nearest the bank. This is always dry during regular days. The outer channel is the Bukalalan River channel.


2009 Flood in Citihomes

Everyone needs to know this bit of information. Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision was submerged in floodwater in the last week of November in 2009.

Phase 2 was greatly affected by the deluge. Reasons that Phase 2 Homeowners then initiated the organization and registration of the association.

Phase 3 was under construction during the deluge.

The first problem or issue the interim association raised to the developer, Johndorf Ventures Corporation (JVC), was the flood problem.

This move prompted JVC to initially construct a re-channeling of the Bunkakalan River. The river travers along the side of Phases 2 and 3 on the northeast.

Today, the issue is still unresolved and homeowners are worried that another flood will hit the subdivision.

It is a continuing clamor of the homeowners that JVC must provide efficient drainage and flood control systems in the subdivision. The Homeowners Associations are vigilant and continually knocking the doors of the developer for the implementation of the flood control system.

Below are some clips showing what happened in that fateful day of November 2009.

New Drainage System is in Order for Citihomes

A request for the developer, Johndorf Ventures Corporation (JVC), to update the homeowners on the flood control system project and for the construction of common service facilities on open space was agreed in the joint meeting of officers of various homeowners’ associations (HOAs) of Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision last January 22, 2012.

The homeowners had it that JVC contracted a consultant to study and recommend a new design that will address the drainage and flood problem in the subdivision. The new design is expected to be presented to JVC for approval before the end of January this year.

The project engineer, Mr. John Lee K. Etol, on Saturday, January 28, 2012, met with the officers of HOAs. True enough, JVC’s consultant, Mr. Hackey (whatever the spelling of his name) will be presenting the plan to JVC by the end of the month.

Project engineer agreed for a separate schedule of presentation for the homeowners. He will be informing the concerned HOAs of the final schedule of meeting with the consultant.

The common service facilities i.e. multi-purpose building and basketball court that will be constructed on the open space, fronting Phase 1 and 3, will be put on hold. Construction of new units also takes a break pending the implementation of the new drainage or flood control system plan.

The flood control system has been one of the issues Phase 2 HOA strongly raised and fought for since its inception.

Phases 2 and 3 will be directly affected if Bungkalalan River will overflow. These areas are nestled along the river bank. The subdivision also serves as a catch basin of rain waters from Upper Malanang.

The current design of the drainage system can’t accommodate rain waters coming from upper ground. Water from Bungkalalan River backflows to the subdivision during heavy rains.