MALACAÑANG on Monday confirmed that P5-billion worth of flood-control projects funded under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were not completed because of the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that the program was unconstitutional.
Its deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte, however, said the government is taking steps to ease floodings in Metro Manila.
“We are pursuing the tactic [against floods]on many fronts… Secretary [Rogelio] Singson mentioned that while there were some flood-related projects that were affected by the DAP decision, they will look for alternative funding sources,” Valte said in a news briefing.
She gave assurances that by next year, once the flood-control projects shall have been completed, Metro Manila will no longer experience floodings like those triggered by Storm Mario over the weekend and Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.
According to her, they have identified three factors that cause perennial flooding—clogged waterways, old and narrow drainage systems and garbage that clogs various pumping stations.
“The flood-control projects have not been completed partly because construction might cause traffic jams so they [DPWH] are coordinating with MMDA [Metropolitan Manila Development Authority]. But they have all been started,” Valte said.
The Palace official added that there are different rehabilitation plans that are in place and which are included in the flood-management masterplan for Metro Manila and surrounding areas.
Last Friday, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. said billions worth of DAP-funded flood-control projects were worthless because they failed to solve the floodings.
Reyes noted that in the latest DAP list released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), nearly P500 million was allocated for flood-control measures by the DPWH and the MMDA.
“What happened to the ‘Priority Flood Control Projects-MMDA’ worth P295 million and the ‘Urban Renewal, Traffic Management Flood Control Phase 1-MMDA’ worth P154 million?” he asked.