Saying a pumping station saved an entire barangay in San Juan from massive flooding, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will put up more pumping stations in the city.
MMDA flood control chief Maxima Quiambao said the newly completed pumping station in Barangay Balong Bato prevented it from being deluged by floodwaters.
The station has two pumps that can siphon two cubic meters of water per second. It also has a 18.72-hectare floodwater catchment area.
The station has two screens for garbage retrieval, and is operated round the clock by an 11-man MMDA team.
Last week, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino and San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez inaugurated the P139-million facility, which is located along C. Leyva Street in Balong Bato.
“For the first time in 50 years, San Juan did not experience flooding after this pumping station became fully operational,” Tolentino said.
He asked residents to do their part by keeping the facility free of garbage through proper waste disposal.
“This pumping station will not work if it is clogged with garbage. Please treat this facility as part of your community,” he said.
Quiambao said the agency build two more stations in flood-prone areas in San Juan that include Barangays Salapan and Rivera.
The MMDA runs 52 pumping stations in Metro Manila.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO