Lawmaker supports DPWH flood control project for Metro Manila

PARAÑAQUE CITY Representative Roilo Golez today lauded the P351.72-billion flood control projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for Metro Manila even as he proposed separate funding to augment the agency’s goal of a flood-free metropolis.

Golez (2nd District, Parañaque City), author of House Resolution 2652, said the measure seeks to allocate an additional P150 billion fund for the years 2012 to 2014 to make key business, residential, commercial and industrial areas of Metro Manila flood free and attendant flood related risks reduced to the minimum by 2016.

The DPWH P351.72 billion fund was allotted to finance the Manila core area drainage improvements, P27.2 billion; East Manggahan Floodway and improvement in Cainta and Taytay rivers, P26 billion; Malabon-Tullahan river improvements, P21.6 billion Meycauayan river improvements, P14.04 billion; Valenzuela-Obando-Meycauayan river improvements, P8631 billion; land-rising for small cities around Laguna Lake, P7.15 billion; and improvement of inflow rivers to Laguna Lake, P637 million.

“While the DPWH plan is commendable, there is a pressing need to accelerate the flood control program in Metro Manila to immediately and comprehensively address the perennial floods that afflict Metro
Manila and the flood prone residential, industrial and agricultural centers in nearby provinces like Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija,” Golez said.

“The DPWH plan as formulated, would take more than 20 years before completion, while said areas are perennially inundated due to typhoons and monsoon rains, critically reducing their contribution to economic development and continually causing loss of lives and property,” Golez said.

Golez said the areas mentioned above deserve an accelerated flood control program that should aim to make Metro Manila and key residential, industrial and agricultural areas flood-free by 2016,
considering that these areas collectively can account for around 50% of the country’s GDP.

Golez said the DPWH can use the P150 billion fund for dredging the Pasig River and Laguna de Bay and for implementing a solid waste management program.

“A solid waste management program should teach every citizen to be responsible and accountable, making the act of throwing garbage in any amount into waterways a grave criminal act bordering on environmental and economic sabotage,” Golez said.

Golez also proposed the construction of a tunnel that will link Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay for better control of the water level of Laguna de Bay.

“There is also a need to harness the floodwater as source of water for irrigation, drinking, cleaning and energy through massive water impounding infrastructure consisting of several water impounding
basins in strategically located areas interconnected to each other by canals and tunnels,” Golez said.

Golez said the government should also develop a risk reduction and management system employing the use of a fleet of locally manufactured amphibians, boats and other rescue vehicles.

Golez cited the “Unsinkable Boat” a Filipino invention which was given an award recently during the Rotary Club of Manilas –DOST Filipino Inventors Competition.

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