It seems like roads will be less flooded in the near future after the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) responded to President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address with a firm resolve to problem under a comprehensive project.

MMDA OIC Emerson Carlos has announced that the agency and the government has opened up talks with the World Bank regarding the possibility of taking out a Php 22 billion loan to modernize drainage systems and clear waterways, upgrade and add to the existing pumping stations and relocate squatters who have settled near easements for drains and waterways.

The MMDA plans to rehabilitate 38 pumping stations while 20 more will be put up to help mitigate flood in Metro Manila. Of the twenty, thirteen will be in Quezon City, one in Mandaluyong, three in Muntinlupa, one in Taguig and two in Valenzuela.

“We will build more pumping stations. The only reason why we don’t have flooding (these days) because of pumping stations. It keeps us afloat,” said Carlos.

Scheduled for rehab are 18 pumping stations in Manila, twelve in Malabon, two in Quezon City, one in Makati and Pasay and four in Taguig.

Currently, the MMDA has 54 pumping stations designed to clear 80 to 90 mm of water per hour or 350 drums of floodwater per second.

“These pumping stations are vital for flood mitigation because Manila’s elevation is only a little higher than the main sea level,” added Carlos.