Flood Control Projects Get Funding
MANILA, Philippines - To address the urgent flooding problem in the country's capital, the national government has allotted P5 billion for the implementation of a flood management master plan in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
In a statement, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the funding will support 15 high-impact flood-control projects in areas frequently affected by floods in recent years.
Abad said the fund will be under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and was already confirmed by National Economic and Development Council (NEDA) chief Arsenio M. Balisacan during a recently concluded NEDA Board Meeting.
"The recently approved allotment will support the implementation of a flood management master plan in these areas, where floodwaters begin to rise even with moderate rainshowers," Abad said.
Under the flood management master plan, the DPWH - together with the Metro Manila Development Authority and concerned local government units - will execute flood risk and drainage management projects in targeted areas to avert the destructive effects caused by floods in recent years.
The master plan will also serve as the government's road map for the implementation of a long-term flood mitigation master plan until 2035.
The P5-billion infrastructure fund will be divided among 15 projects, which were prioritized according to a number of key factors, including the degree of flood risk in each area and the viability of implementing the technical, social, and environmental aspects of the plan.
The fund allocation includes budgetary support to a number of critical flood-management and drainage projects in Metro Manila, including P765 million to strengthen and restore the Manila Bay seawall along Roxas Boulevard and Luneta, as well as the construction of flood gates and pumping stations to prevent water surges from Manila Bay. The project aims to make Roxas Boulevard passable to vehicles in all kinds of weather.
Additionally, P370 million will be used to support the Upper Marikina River Improvement Project. The project will entail the improvement or construction of the Parapet Wall along Nangka River to prevent floodwater overflow from the river. …