- Heavy rains whip city Wednesday night

Strong winds and heavy rains lashed Davao City and neighboring provinces Wednesday night due to thunderstorms, according to the Office of Civil Defense.

Affected areas are Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental (Cateel, Baganga), North Cotabato (Magpet, Kidapawan City, Makilala, M’Lang, Tulunan); Maguindanao (Datu Paglas, Mangudadatu, Buluan); Zamboanga del Sur (Guipos, Dinas); Agusan del Sur (Loreto, La Paz, Rosario, Bunawan); and Bukidnon (Cabanglasan, Malaybalay City).

People were advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts associated with these hazards which include flash floods and landslides.

Last night, Agdao Public Market, Lapu-Lapu Street and JP Laurel Bajada were flooded and strong winds were experienced in Paquibato and Marilog Districts.

The City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office has also cautioned residents in Mintal, Sto. Nino, La Verna and Panacan to monitor these flood prone areas.

Wednesday night’s rains followed another onslaught of rain the night before.

On Tuesday night, some areas of the city plunged into darkness after strong winds toppled a billboard located a few meters from the Talomo to Puan road.

The affected areas also suffered loss of water pressure following the power interruption.

The Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), said the service disruption occurred at around 8:15 p.m. after a billboard fell on Davao Light’s 69kV sub transmission line.

Affected by the power outage were some parts of Ulas, Bangkal, Matina, Ecoland, Boulevard, Chinatown, San Pedro Square, Ma-a, and R. Castillo.

Davao Light performed gradual restoration of power supply in the affected areas between 8:32 p.m. until 9:29 p.m.

This was implemented by temporarily transferring power load to the utility’s ERA Substation in Bajada.

Meanwhile, the maintenance crew conducted repairs in the broken primary line.

Another power interruption happened around 11:20 p.m. in the same areas in order to return the load to its normal set-up.

This was fully completed around 11:47 p.m., the DLPC said.

“Davao Light deeply apologizes for the inconvenience of these unscheduled power interruptions that are beyond its control,” the power firm said.

The incident occurred as the city was working on considering the prohibition of large format ad billboard following a Supreme Court decision on a local ordinance regulating the billboards.

The city ordinance, Ordinance No. 092-2000, was questioned at the Regional Trial Court and the Court of Appeals, with the appellate court supporting the decision of the regional court.

The ordinance prohibits large format billboards from covering the view of Mt. Apo.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the CA, effectively ruling the ordinance constitutional.

In an earlier appearance, city council public peace and safety committee chair Ma. Belen Acosta said that the ordinance has to be implemented, as this was not yet amended.

Water pressure for service connections started dropping at 8 p.m. Tuesday, affecting both lines 1 and 2 of the Dumoy Water Supply System, namely entire Matina Crossing, Matina, Matina Aplaya, Ecoland, Maa, Langub, Bucana, Downtown, Bo. Obrero, Cabaguio Avenue, Agdao, Madapo, Marfori, San Rafael, Circumferential Road, Bacaca, J.P. Laurel Ave., Buhangin, Tigatto, Mandug, Lanang, Angliongto/ Mamay Road, Bo. Pampanga, and Sasa until Km. 12 Some Bangkal areas: San Juan Subd., San Roque Village, Muslim Village, NHA Kadayawan Homes, Santos Marketing Subd., Flores Village, SM Village, Ortega Village, Royal Valley Subd., and Central Park Subdivision.

Some Panacan areas: ICSAMA, Crystal Meadows, Tierra Verde Village, Tierra Nino Village, EMI Ville Homes, Empress Subd., Landmark III, San Juan Village, and Vista Verde I and II; and Some Cabantian areas: Holy Trinity Subd., Countryville Executive Homes, Dela Pena Subd., BACAHOA Subd., Victor Executive Homes, Emilia Homes, and immediate environs. Reason: Emergency Power Interruption at DCWD’s Talomo Sump affecting Line 1 and 2 of Dumoy WSS.

Water pressure was resumed shortly after the normalization of power supply.

There were also trees that fell on power lines which posed danger to the communities.