The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing setting up additional pumping stations to help mitigate flooding in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR).
Emma Quiambao, MMDA flood-control head, on Sunday said the agency is planning to construct additional 14 to 16 pumping stations.
This is on top of the 54 pumping stations scattered all over especially in flood-prone areas in Metro Manila.
Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, acknowledged the importance of pumping stations in preventing flooding.
“Metro Manila will be engulfed by flood water if there are no pumping stations,” Carlos told the MMDA’s radio program also on Sunday.
At least three pumping stations in Manila were upgraded recently, covering flood-prone areas in the city, one of 17 cities and one town (Pateros) of the National Capital Region.
During massive flooding caused by bad weather last week, the MMDA deployed its mobile pumps in critical or flood-prone areas.
Quiambao noted that garbage, which contributes to flooding in Metro Manila, has been preventing flood waters from subsiding faster.
To lessen the flood problems in the country’s premier region, the MMDA is planning the cleaning of drainage systems, particularly manholes.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has cautioned residents against improper trash disposal that may clog the drainage systems.
He said the MMDA continues to declog the drainage systems in preparation for the onslaught of typhoons and the rainy season.