Environment solutions provider World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has identified “All-Weather Urban Corridors” for Angeles City and the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga to ensure that the flow of goods, services and people remain undisrupted by assessing the vulnerability of roads to temperature increases and floods.
As Metro Manila’s development pushes outwards, strategically located hubs like the Clark Freeport Zone and Angeles City shall absorb the influx of businesses, industries and residents who shall seek less congested cities to live and operate in.
WWF said that these new all-weather urban corridors will ensure that access to these areas will be partially shielded from climate change.
An All-Weather Urban Corridor is a network of roads with the ability to withstand the effects of extreme weather conditions, coupled with good drainage systems, which allow the safe passage of vehicles.
Over 70 leaders converged at the Clark Freeport Zone for the final presentation of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC) for their ‘All-Weather Urban Corridors’ project.
Though both Angeles City and the Clark Freeport Zone are historically free from severe inundation, they are still occasionally susceptible to light flooding as both are located in a Type-1 climate zone, making them vulnerable to the southwest monsoon’s rains.
A study assessed the two sites’ road infrastructure, flood history, plus the drainage efficiency for local canals and culverts. Among the proposed solutions were to look into the suitability of infrastructure materials and design as these are affected by climate change factors.
“We found that beyond just elevating roads, the design and maintenance of drainage systems as well as the road segments themselves, for both the Clark Freeport Zone and Angeles City should be a priority,” said WWF-Philippines CEO Joel Palma.