The construction of the USC stadium at Talamban Campus has the necessary permits from appropriate governmental agencies. The project follows sound engineering procedures. The roadwork was the subject of discussions with some engineers and architects in our University before we asked for the required permits.
Three years ago, we set up flood-intervention measures – the three-pond project behind General Services to reduce the flooding of the Ban-Tal Road. This can be verified with MCWD since the water flowing from Maria Luisa subdivision merely traversed our property and emptied into MCWD and then further down the road.
The stadium project was actually part of the long-term flood-mitigation measures we undertook. It serves as a detention pond for the rain water so that we can keep them from rushing to the street and houses at the foot of the hills. This was not a quarrying business. We merely relocated the soil to make some areas buildable.
In fact interventions have been made so that this new facility can also serve as catchment for the flood, giving the water time to infiltrate into the aquifer.
USC has always been conscious of its institutional responsibility to the environment, and its projects adopt mitigating measures allowed by authorities.
June 13, 2014