Apart from the flood control projects already in place, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has plans for a major project that will not only help minimize flooding in Metro Manila but also put excess rainwater to good use.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson on Monday told a Senate Committee on Public Works hearing the agency is eyeing the construction of a flood dam in Montalban to ease flooding in Metro Manila.
Singson said it is time to change the agency’s flood control approach.
Instead of allowing rainwater to flow to low-lying areas, the DPWH together with other government agencies will build a dam that will temporary store excess water.
The dam will help reduce the amount of rainwater coming from the mountains in Rizal province and could significantly reduce flooding in Metro Manila.
Excess water stored in the dam, he said, could also be used for irrigation especially during the dry months.
Singson said the flood dam is not a new concept. There is such a dam in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, which holds rainwater that would otherwise overflow into creeks and sewers.
He admitted that the flood dam in Montalban will take a long time to finish, but he assured that other anti-flood projects are under way.
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the public works committee, asked Singson to look for ways to speed up the completion of the flood control projects.