Clogged drainage systems delay flood pumping operations — MMDA
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – It’s not yet typhoon season in the country but the prevailing rain showers and thunderstorms are already inundating most parts of Metro Manila, congesting traffic and affecting the riding public.
Personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have been busy in de-clogging drainage systems such as a retarding pond along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.
But according to the MMDA, flooding has already become a normal scenario in most parts of Metro Manila and there is no way to stop it.
“Hindi na po kasi namin maipapangako na hindi babahain ang Metro Manila. Ang Metro Manila (ay) napakababa ng sea level natin,” explained MMDA Spokesperson and ASec. Celine Pialago.
(We cannot promise at this point that flood will be prevented in Metro Manila because Metro Manila’s sea level is low.)
“Ang kaya na lang naming gawin at iyon ang sinisikap namin, pabilisin po ang paghupa dahil tuwing may pagbaha, may pagbigat sa daloy ng trapiko, may congestion, pinagdudusahan po natin ito,” she added.
(What we can do is to try hastening the drainage of flood water because every time there is flooding, the traffic flow gets heavier then congestion follows which burdens us all.)
What concerns the MMDA most is improper waste disposal that results in the clogging of drainage which leads to severe flooding in Metro Manila.
This is why the MMDA has started de-clogging operations to clean up wastes from tributaries ahead of the typhoon season.
“Kapag napupuno ng mga basura ‘yung mga esteros natin, nagbabaha sa Metro Manila, pina-pump natin ‘ang tubig,” Pialago said.
(When esteros are filled with waste materials they cause floods in Metro Manila. What we do is, we pump out the floodwater.)
“Worst case, nasisira ang ating pumping stations (so) nagkakaroon ng delay sa operations,” she added.
(Worst case is that our pumping stations end up broken which delays our operations.)
According to barangay officials in Binondo, they regularly clean up waste materials from Estero de Magdalena every Saturday.
However, after some time they once again saw a pile of garbage in the supposedly cleaned estero.
The Pasig River Rehabilitation Center noted that up to 300,000 kilograms of garbage materials are being collected from the river every year coming from about 270 families which they need to relocate.
Some families have volunteered to leave the place but ended up returning because it is closer to their sources of livelihood.
Some of them travel on a weekly basis.
“Walang hanap-buhay doon sa Cavite (There’s no employment in Cavite),” said Ester Galarosa whose family has been relocated in Cavite.
She said she returns to Manila to vend.
“Bumabalik talaga kami para naman kahit paano makaraos man lang sa pagkain namin araw-araw (We return (to the city) to support our needs, so we could look for food to eat),” explained Fredo Peñano, also relocated in Cavite.
The MMDA assured that they regularly do de-clogging operations in different parts of Metro Manila in order to fast track the pumping of floodwater and prevent inconveniences. – (with details from Harlene Delgado)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The C3 bridge in Navotas will be temporarily closed to traffic starting July 20 to give way for the construction of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Harbor Link Segment 10 C3 to R10 section project, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday.
The project is a 2.6-kilometer elevated expressway from C3 Road in Caloocan City to Radial Road 10 in Navotas City.
To enable NLEX to construct the elevated road crossing over Navotas River along C3, the MMDA said, one side of C3 bridge will be closed beginning 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Due to the partial closure, light vehicles coming from C3 Road going to Radial Road 10 and vice versa will be rerouted along Dagat-Dagatan Avenue and Lapu-Lapu Avenue.
Heavy vehicles may still use the two-way traffic route at the remaining bound of C3 Bridge.
“We are advising motorists to plan their trips ahead and, at the same time, seek their understanding as the partial closure of C3 Bridge is necessary to complete this project on time,” said MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia.
To ensure smooth flow of vehicles and minimize traffic slowdown, the MMDA said traffic marshals will be deployed and directional traffic signs will also be placed to guide the public.
Works at the bridge is expected to be completed in November, while the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 C3 to R10 section is seen to be finished by December.
The project will connect to the recently opened 5.65-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 that passes through Valenzuela City, Malabon City, and Caloocan City.
Once completed, the elevated road crossing is expected to provide direct access between R10 and NLEX thus contribute to ease of travel and traffic decongestion in Metro Manila.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to hold an earthquake drill, dubbed as Metro Manila Shake Drill, on July 27.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said this year’s shake drill will start as early as four in the morning, to be signaled by the sounding of an alarm.
“For this year, it will be done on a weekend and at almost the break of dawn when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep,” he said.
“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage and loss of life,” he added.
Garcia said they intentionally scheduled the drill very early in the morning so the public can participate.
Shake drills in the past years were done during daytime and even on rush hours, with last year leveling up to an unannounced, rush hour daytime drill.
“We want to test the response capabilities and preparedness of LGUs and the private sector as earthquake may occur anytime,” Garcia said.
The MMDA official added that during the shake drill, they will mobilize agency employees, Metro local government units and other groups to demonstrate their contingency plans in case strong earthquake hits the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, also the head of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), will visit city halls and designated emergency operation centers in the metro on the day of the drill.
Different emergency scenarios will also be staged at city hall offices, establishments, communities, businesses, and households.
“We expect more active and full participation of the private sector as government’s partner in disaster and emergency preparedness and response for Metro Manila,” said Garcia.
During the drill, the agency will also practice the deployment of personnel to designated emergency operation centers located at the four quadrants in Metro Manila.
The MMDA said the northern quadrant will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course as evacuation camp while the western quadrant will use the Intramuros Golf Course.
The eastern quadrant will use the LRT-2 Santolan Depot while the southern quadrant will use the Villamor Golf Course.
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