DPWH, MMDA working on flood control projects – Palace
MANILA, Philippines – To prepare for the rainy season, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are working on flood control and drainage improvement projects in Metro Manila, Malacañang said on Sunday, June 21.
These include the rehabilitation of 15 major pumping stations, dredging and declogging of drainage channels, and raising the height of roads and streets, according to Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
The DPWH is also working on the Blumentritt Interceptor Catchment Project, which aims to minimize flooding in Metro Manila.
Coloma added that the projects are part of the flood management master plan for Metro Manila and its surrounding areas, which was first started in 2012.
It aims to provide a roadmap for flood mitigation until 2035, to protect the 20 million residents of the National Capital Region, CALABARZON region, and Bulacan province.
Aside from structural improvements, the master plan also provides for other measures, such as the improvement of the flood information and warning systems, strengthening community-based flood risk management, improving the management information system for disaster risk management, reforestation projects, and protection of watershed areas. – Rappler.com