Metro Manila commuters and motorists will continue to experience the ill effects of this year’s rainy season as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is resigned to the fact that two major flood projects will not be completed in time.
Drainage pipes that are three times larger are being installed metrowide but workers have encountered some installation problems causing the delay.
“Hindi ho madaling mag-upgrade. Yung dati-dating maliliit na drainage sa tabi ng kalye ay nilalakihan na naming yan para mas malaki yung volume ng tubig na mailalabas sa mga waterways,” said DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.
[“It is not easy to upgrade. We’re making the small drainage (pipes) beside the road larger so that it can accommodate higher water volume leading to the waterways,” said DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.]
Along with the replacement of drainage pipes, flood control projects in Maysilo, Mandaluyong and Blumentritt, Manila will be finished by next year and in their current status, is causing problems for the residents in the area and motorists that pass through as the unfinished project gathers flood waters when it rains.
According to Singson, with the completion of the project like the one in Blumentritt, it will decrease flood water levels in the area from more than one meter to only gutter-deep.
Singson pointed out that littering and throwing garbage indiscriminately are major reasons why drainages get clogged.
Police have also been alerted by the DPWH to look out for people who have been intentionally blocking drainages with concrete for profit by creating makeshift bridges and charging people who use them.
The DPWH is appealing to the public for patience and understanding as minor to severe flash flooding may be experienced this year depending on the rain’s intensity.