To address the perennial flood problem in low-lying areas in Metro Manila, the plans and studies on the city terrains that comprise the megalopolis are being revisited by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MMDA chairman Benjamin Abalos Jr says the agency has upped its efforts in providing solutions to flood issues in the metropolis by including dredging, desilting, and clearing of waterways.
Mr Abalos says all 67 pumping stations around the National Capital Region (NCR) are all operational at this time.
MANILA — Adding to the efforts of the agency are the recent installation of two submersible engine pumps as it opens the Aglipay Bridge and Pumping Station in Barangay Poblacion Mandaluong City. The bridge and pumping station will serve and benefit the Boni Avenue and F. Ortigas Street areas.
With a capacity to push 0.3 cubic meters of water each, the submersible engine pumps will send water to the San Juan River. Trash nets will be installed to haul out garbage from the area, ensuring the pumps will perform at optimum level.
Mr Abalos has appealed to all the mayors in the metropolis to pass a resolution penalizing those who indiscriminately dump their waste and include community service as sanction for violators.
“Regardless of how much and how frequently, we pump flood water, if the public is still throwing their garbage anywhere, the problem won’t be addressed.
“This is why we need to strictly enforce sanctions for violators and involve them in cleaning our waterways,” Abalos points out. (TRC/The MiNT)