Manila asks DPWH to speed up completion of anti-flood projects
The local government of Makati City asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to accelerate the rehabilitation of drainage systems 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,” Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) head Engr. Lauro Reyes stated in a letter sent to District Engineer Arleen Beltran of DPWH Metro Manila 2nd District Engineering Office.
Reyes sent the communication to the DPWH district upon the directive of Makati Mayor Abigail Binay.
The city district engineers identified the ongoing DPWH flood control project and the rehabilitation of drainage on Makati Avenue (District 1) and Daffodil Street, Begonia Street, Aster Street, Lilac Street, Mullein Street, and Azalea Street in Barangay Pembo (District 2) as the cause of massive flooding and the ensuing traffic jam that occurred last August 24.
“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,” the DEPW noted.
Reyes also asked DPWH for the definite target date of completion for the projects, stressing that his office and the city government as a whole have been unduly blamed by affected publics, which include residents, commuters, and motorists.
“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.
The city engineering department has been regularly declogging and desilting drainage systems 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 barangays in two districts. Of this, 496 metric tons were collected from District 2 and 272 metric tons from District 1.
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