MANILA, Philippines — Flooding in the streets of Metro Manila during heavy rains are expected to lessen once the two flood control projects of DPWH in Blumentritt and Maysilo are completed.
According to DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson completion of the more than 3-kilometer drainage system in Blumentritt is in April or May 2016. When completed, it will stand 6 meters tall and 3 meters deep.
The Maysilo drainage system in Mandaluyong is also estimated to be finished around the same time.
The secretary asked the public for more patience if the project seems to take longer.
“We are doing our best now unfortunately hindi kami magtrabaho ng 24 hours doon dahil yung mga natutulog sa gabi maiistorbo naman,” said Singson.
(We are doing our best now unfortunately we don’t work 24 hours on site because it would disturb the residents at night.)
DPWH is also working on replacing the outdated 12 to 24 inch sized drainage system with a much larger drainage that can accommodate higher volumes of water during heavy rains.
“Yung iba nga 12 inches lang, hindi na kaya yun. That’s good for small amount of rain not the heavy down pour that we are experiencing,”
(There are those that are only 12-inches in size. It’s not going to work. That’s good for small amount of rain not the heavy down pour that we are experiencing.)
FILE PHOTO: Man wades through flood water brought by typhoon Maring in 2014 (Maia Garciano / Photoville International)
The most serious problem of DPWH at the moment is the improper disposal of solid wastes which clog major water ways in metro manila and causing massive flooding.
Add to this the perennial issue of informal settlers living along the waterways and communities taking residence in low places.
Under the May 2016 proposed budget, DPWH will receive an allocation of 378-billion pesos; 30% higher than their current fund of 291-billion pesos.
The lump sum of said fund will go to the renovation of roads and rehabilitation of waterways. (UNTV News)