MANILA, Philippines – Want to know how to avoid being stuck in traffic deadlock for hours on end especially this rainy season? Better heed the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)’s advice.
In a statement released Monday, July 7, the MMDA listed down 77 ongoing road work projects and 22 flood-prone areas in Metro Manila, just as the Philippine rainy season began to make its presence felt.
According to MMDA Assistant General for Operations Emerson Carlos, 49 of the 77 road work projects being done by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are road diggings and drainage jobs.
Carlos admitted the projects are the bane of motorists’ existence but said these were necessary steps to prevent future problems. “While we’ve been experiencing flood-induced traffic delays mainly because of these public works projects, when these are all finished, it is expected that this will bring big relief to the general public,” he said.
The MMDA also pinpointed 22 flood-prone areas in the metro and cautioned against passing through these areas, especially during rush hour and heavy rains.
- España-Antipolo-Maceda in Manila
- P. Burgos-Manila City Hall vicinity
- Osmeña-Skyway northbound and southbound, Makati
- EDSA-North Avenue, Quezon City
- Don Bosco, Makati
- Buendia-South Superhighway southbound
- Buendia-South Superhighway northbound
- C-5-Bagong Ilog
- West Service Road, Merville, Paranaque
- East Service Road, Sales Street
- North Avenue in front of Trinoma
- Buendia extension Macapagal avenue – World Trade
- EDSA – Camp Aguinaldo Gate 3
- NLEX Balintawak – Cloverleaf
- EDSA Megamall
- EDSA Pasong Tamo Magallanes Tunnel
- Quezon Avenue, Victory avenue/Biak na Bato
- C-5-BCDA, Taguig City
- R. Papa-Rizal Avenue, Manila
- C-5 Mckinley Road
- C-5 Bayani Road
- Philcoa Area, Quezon City
MMDA flood control crew are on standby to help ease any burgeoning flooding problem. They are equipped with mobile pumps and other flood control equipment, the MMDA said.
Carlos, meanwhile, promised that the MMDA and DPWH are already working on solving the flooding problem in the 22 areas. – Bea Cupin/Rappler.com