by UNTV | Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Floodwater in several towns in Bulacan has receded, prompting residents to return to their homes.
The traffic situation along McArthur Highway in Bulacan particularly in the town of Marilao has returned to normal.
This was after the areas were hit by floods caused by heavy rains on Tuesday.
The Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said there are now fewer areas in the City of Meycauayan that remain submerged in floodwater.
“We have talked to the DRRMO’s in the towns and cities, and the situation is now normal… some areas are still slightly flooded, but these are now passable to motorists,” said PDRRMC head officer Felisicima Liz Mungcal.
Residents of the village of Abangan Norte have already returned to their respective homes after temporarily staying at evacuation centers.
“They already returned home as the water already receded,” said Pambayan Dalubhasaan Marilao College evacuation center chief security Alvin Manresa.
“The water level is knee deep that’s why we decided to just stay here for a night. Our children are okay here,” said evacuee Michelle Domiduez.
The management of Bustos Dam has already stopped the releasing of water.
The water level in the three dams in Bulacan remained normal. These are the Bustos, Ipo, and Angat dam.
There were no reported casualty or injured in the Tuesday’s flash floods . — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and local government officials of Bulacan led the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of the construction of the first phase of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark project.
The first phase of the project covers the installation of new rails and construction of new stations from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.
It will be 38 kilometers in length with its station located at Socorro, Marilao Bulacan.
The Tutuban to Marilao PNR station is the first phase of the Manila to Clark Railway Project the government targets to finish by the year 2022.
The DOTr said that the current 2-hour travel from Tutuban Manila to Bulacan will be shortened to 35 minutes once construction on the first phase of the Manila to Clark PNR project is completed.
DOTr explained that phase one which covers Tutuban up to Malolos will be operational by 2021 while phase 2 which covers Clark International Airport and new Clark City will be operational by 2022.
Based on the estimates of the transportation department, the PNR Manila to Clark project can accommodate up to more than 300,000 passengers.
Also present at the ground-breaking ceremony were Senators Joel Villanueva and Joseph Victor Ejercito who are both residents of Bulacan.
According to Senator Villanueva, the project is a huge help in creating more jobs.
“In the Build Build Build, what follows are more jobs. There will be a huge demand for carpenters, construction workers. It will create more jobs for our citizens,” he said.
Daily commuters will soon see the great benefits of the project once it is completed.
“If the train will be completed, the traffic will be decongested. They said each town will have an exit,” said Bulacan resident, Rudy Farinas.
“Traffic will finally ease up because at present, it is too heavy. This project is going to be a huge help,” said Marlyn Macasmo, a local resident of Bulacan.
The Manila to Clark PNR project is among the projects under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
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