MMDA gears up for rainy season; ensures full operation of Metro Manila pumping stations

PASIG CITY, June 3 (PIA) -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is gearing up for the coming of rainy season.

As preparation, the agency on Wednesday inspected its biggest pumping station, Tripa de Gallina located in Pasay City and revetment wall located at Provident Village in Marikina City. 

MMDA Chair Benhur Abalos inspects the perimeter retaining wall at Provident Village in Marikina City. (Photo courtesy of MMDA)

MMDA Chairperson Benhur Abalos ensured that the Tripa de Gallina pumping station, which is also the oldest in Metro Manila, and all other pumping stations operated by the MMDA are fully operational, with necessary power and fuel in place. Aside from the regular maintenance of the pumping stations, desilting and dredging of river are also regularly conducted to prevent flooding.

The MMDA chief said he is discussing plans of putting up garbage nets along rivers and tributaries in Pasay so that trash will not end up at the pumping stations to prevent damage on the pumps.

Abalos likewise appealed to the public to properly dispose garbage which usually causes flooding woes.

 “Discipline in segregating garbage and proper disposal are keys to fully address the problems brought by floods. We also urge the local government units to strictly enforce the anti-littering ordinances and encourage recycling among residents to lessen the volume of garbage,” he said.

Abalos also visited the ongoing construction of perimeter retaining wall at Provident Village in Marikina which will help stop the sudden flow of water coming from the Sierra Madre mountain range. The city is a catch basin of water coming from Quezon City and province of Rizal, making it a flood prone area.

We’ve rebuilt and reinforced the wall to make sure that it can withstand heavy rains and protect the residents from flood which can reach as high as two-storey house,” he explained.

Acknowledging the efforts of the local government unit, Abalos thanked Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano and Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro for their initiatives and coordination with the MMDA to make sure that the torrential rains will not cause severe damage in the National Capital Region.

There’s no alternative to unity among the mayors and stronger coordination with MMDA,” he said. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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