METRO Manila residents would still bear the brunt of floods after every heavy downpour because the government’s flood control master plan would be completed only after 22 years.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday admitted that the agency has no flood control project to solve the perennial problem on flooding in the metropolis.
“We don’t have flood control structural projects. What we only do is to maintain them if there are any,” Tolentino said in an interview.
However, the MMDA chief said that a flood control master plan is being readied by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which will be completed only after 22 years.
“The master plan is not an overnight solution. It is a long-range plan. I heard it is going to be over by 2035,” Tolentino added.
He said once the DPWH completes the master plan, it would be turned over to the MMDA for maintenance.
Tolentino added that when the project was conceptualized, proponents do not expect this to be completed this year.