MMDA prepositions 149 personnel, 18 equipment in 22 flood prone areas in the metropolis


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday has prepositioned its personnel and equipment in the 22 flood prone areas in Metro Manila due to typhoon Henry that will enhance the southwest monsoon and may dump rains.

During the Metro Manila Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (MMDRRMC) held in MMDA headquarters in Makati City, Engineer Emma Quiambao, MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Director has identified 22 flood-prone areas in the metropolis.

These include España-Antipolo-Maceda in Manila; P. Burgos-Manila City Hall vicinity; Osmeña-Skyway northbound in Makati City; EDSA-North Avenue, Quezon City; Don Bosco, Makati City; Buendia-South Superhighway southbound in Makati City; Buendia-South Superhighway northbound; C-5-Bagong Ilog; West Service Road and Merville in Parañaque City; and Pasong Tamo Extension in Makati City.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the floods in these areas are not life threatening but they are street flood that cause heavy traffic.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), typhoon Henry will enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring monsoon rains over Luzon including Metro Manila.

PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said monsoon rains will prevail in Metro Manila until Thursday.

Earlier, Tolentino said the agency will train barangay tanod (village watchmen) to handle the traffic situation as the first responders in times of heavy rains and flooding within their areas.

Tolentino said they consider barangay personnel since they are familiar with their area.

According to Tolentino, the free training entails standard training courses on traffic law enforcement, traffic education, management, emergency assistance and traffic discipline.

The MMDA-Traffic Discipline Office through its Traffic Education Center will provide deputation for barangay traffic enforcers.

Tolentino said the agency will shoulder the uniform and allowance of the barangay traffic enforcers.

The MMDA has a total of 2,070 traffic constables manning the roads of Metro Manila on a 24-hour basis.

Tolentino also pushed for the institutionalization of sandbagging in every barangay.

He said the move will prevent houses from being submerged in water during heavy rain or typhoon.

Tolentino proposed that households should keep at least 10 sandbags so that they could mitigate flooding.

“I want to institutionalize sandbagging in every barangay at least 10 sandbags for every house in flood prone areas,” Tolentino told the agency’s radio program.

He also said barangays in the 22 flood-prone areas should stock at least 50 sandbags each which they could use in mitigating flood.

The sandbags, the MMDA chief, could be used by barangays in keeping roads free from flood.

“We will make a template so that when monsoon rain comes, we will mark the roads where sandbags should be placed,” he said.

Tolentino brought out the idea after the successful sandbagging operations of MMDA along Roxas Boulevard just beside the Manila Bay.

During the onslaught of typhoon Glenda last week, MMDA personnel placed a pile of sandbags along Roxas Boulevard to prevent it from being submerged into water. PNA


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