The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has gotten a head start in preparations for the rainy season by rehabilitating major water pumping stations in Manila to alleviate problems caused by flooding.

Out of 54 MMDA water pumping stations, 12 are under repair while three have already been refurbished.

The 3 units, located in Aviles, Valencia, and Pandacan in Manila, are now using electric-powered engines with a computerized management system imported from the Netherlands which makes them more efficient in pumping water.

The Valencia pumping station takes care of the Sta. Mesa district while the Pandacan pumping station covers 180 acres of the Pandacan district.

The Aviles pumping station will handle floodwaters in Sampaloc all the way to the University Belt and Estero de Aviles, Estero de Sampaloc, Estero de Uli-Uli and Estero de Calubcub.

The agency has indicated that repairs of the pumping stations in Quiapo, Libertad, Tripa de Galina and Binondo will soon be finished.