Flood inevitable in Metro Manila despite preventive measures

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DESPITE the implementation of the government’s preventive measures, floods in Metro Manila is inevitable especially with the onset of the rainy season.

This was admitted by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, who said that the agency has been doing its best effort to address the problem.

“I have to admit we cannot totally prevent [flooding]. If you are referring to the total flood prevention, that is difficult to achieve,” Tolentino said.

Among the measures the MMDA started to implement in preparation of the rainy season is the continued declogging of creeks dubbed as “Estero Blitz.”

Tolentino said the MMDA hopes to finish declogging all esteros in the metropolis by the end of the week.

However, the MMDA chief admitted that despite the agency’s preventive flood management is in place, flood could never be prevented in Metro Manila.

“When you speak of total prevention, I don’t think it will happen this rainy season,” Tolentino added.

He also said that, the agency started its preparation early wherein it continues to regularly clean drainage structures.

In the case of Kamanava (Kaloo­can-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela) area, Tolentino said that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is in charge of its flood prevention program.

The Kamanava  is often submerged into flood water because it is a low lying area.

“The DPWH is continuously replacing old dikes and we are likewise conducting regular declogging on existing ones,” he added.

Ritchie A. Horario

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