Treñas recently instructed CityDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Donna Magno to coordinatewith Iloilo towns devastated by “Ursula” for financial assistance. “We are ready to support theprovincial government for the reforestation of our watershed kag sa aton mga kabukiran. We are readyto offer our own manpower and whatever resources available,” said Mayor JerryTreñas. The main source of Iloilo City’s wateris the watershed in Maasin, Iloilo. One the northern municipalities thatexperienced Ursula’s wrath was the town of Balasan. All its 23 barangays gotflooded, according to Chinky Diolosa, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office officer. According to Defensor, the denudationof mountains in northern Iloilo was primarily due to unabated cutting of treesand massive corn plantations. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said therecent massive flooding was due to the denudation of the province’s mountains. ILOILO City – Following theflashfloods brought by typhoon “Ursula” in northern Iloilo, the city governmenthere vowed to help in the reforestation program of the provincial government ofIloilo. The city government has a treeplanting program, too. Treñas wants to regreen the metropolis. “We don’t want what happened duringtyphoon ‘Ursula’ to happen again,” said Treñas. According to the city mayor, he isinitially thinking of giving P50,000 to P100,000 for the affected towns. “Isasa mga teorya naton nga isa sa nag-amot sang pagdasig sang panaog sang tubigamo ang wala na sang sponge saibabaw sang aton bukid,” Defensor said. “Ang mga kahoy sa bukid serve as sponge kay pagtupa sang ulan it will delayinstead of rushing down.” Not even super typhoon “Yolanda” inNovember 2013 was able to do this, said Diolasa./PN “Of course that is a fact, pero whether nga isa na sia sang rason sang pagbaha; naga-speculate kita unless lang ifthere’s a way for me to say scientifically nga amo gid man na ina pero commonsense would tell you nga posible isa sina sa rason kon ngaa kayti kon wala unod ang bukid wala sia sang sponge – dasig manaog ang tubig,” Defensor explained.