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P1.6-B budget for flood control projects released

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a budget of P1.59 billion for the rehabilitation of water pumping stations in Metro Manila.

In a statement on Monday, March 11, DBM said it released the funds to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which will undertake the project as stated in the flood control master plan.

“The administration is taking concrete steps in reducing the flooding risk in Metro Manila and nearby provinces through the rehabilitation of our aging pumping stations. The recently approved funds will allow us to enhance the capacity of our pumping facilities and upgrade them as needed, well before the rainy season,” DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said.

The P1.59 billion will be used to rehabilitate and upgrade 12 water pumping stations that have been in operation for an average of 34 years.

Based on the shortlist submitted by the MMDA, pumping stations in the following areas will be rehabilitated:

“Inefficient pumping stations only undermine our flood-control efforts, so that even light or moderate rain showers can cause flooding in greater parts of Metro Manila. By now, we’re all too familiar with the consequences of inadequate flood control systems, including traffic jams, health hazards, and damaged property,” Abad said.

“This year, we are seriously investing in infrastructure upgrades for our flood-control strategy, as well as encouraging implementing agencies to execute their anti-flooding interventions as early as the summer season,” he added.

DBM also confirmed that P1.07 billion more was allocated for other high-impact flood control interventions, such as the procurement of additional flood control equipment, upgrading of earth dikes, widening and deepening of rivers and the construction of additional pumping stations, all of which are subject to the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority board. – Rappler.com