MAKATI’S Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to speed up the rehabilitation of drainage systems in the city’s two districts.
In a letter dated August 30, DEPW Head Engineer Lauro Reyes urged District Engineer Arleen Beltran of DPWH Metro Manila Second District Engineering Office to speed up the completion of its flood control
and drainage rehabilitation projects in the city.
“We would like to request your good office to fast track the completion of ongoing and pending DPWH flood control projects in Makati City to prevent the recurrence of massive flooding in certain parts of the city during a downpour, especially this rainy season,” Reyes said in his letter.
Massive flooding and traffic gridlock occurred in Makati on August 24 because of heavy rains.
Reyes also said city district engineers had identified the ongoing DPWH Flood Control Project and the rehabilitation of drainage systems in Makati Avenue in the First District, and Daffodil, Begonia, Aster, Lilac, Mullein and Azalea Streets in Barangay Pembo in the Second District as the causes of massive flooding and traffic jams.
“Based on the reports of our district engineers, one of the aggravating factors to the flash floods and monstrous traffic are the ongoing and pending DPWH Flood Control projects in the city,” he added.
The city engineer also asked the agency to set a definite target date for the completion of the said projects.
“We would like to know when the rehabilitation would be finished since our department and the city government have been unjustly criticized for the massive floods in the said areas,” Reyes said.
Also attached to the letter to the DPWH district engineer are relevant reports, photos, findings and recommendations of the DEPW.
Meanwhile, the City Engineering Department has been regularly declogging and desilting the drainage in various parts of the city, as part of Makati’s flood mitigation efforts.
From January to June this year, the DEPW hauled a total of 768 metric tons of solid waste and silt from the drainage of 26 villages in the two districts.