By Betheena Kae Unite
Rehabilitation and construction of over 60 pumping stations in Metro Manila have been scheduled starting this year until 2022, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday.
Following the completion of the implementation review and support mission meeting conducted by the DPWH and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) with other concerned stakeholders on Wednesday, Undersecretary Emil Sadain laid out the year-by-year schedule of projects.
Under the Metro Manila flood management project, 36 old pumping stations will be modernized while 30 new pumping stations will be constructed in a bid tominimize solid waste in waterways, said Sadain, of the DPWH-Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services.
It was disclosed that the first batch of the flood-management project will cover the rehabilitation and modernization of five old pumping stations namely Balut Pumping Station in Tondo, Manila; Vitas Pumping Station in Tondo; Paco Pumping Station; Tripa de Gallina Pumping Station in Pasay City; and Labasan Pumping Station in Taguig City.
International Competitive Bidding for these projects are slated from October to November, this year.
The second batch of the rehabilitation of existing pumping stations will cover seven stations of Balete-Ermita; Escolta; Sta. Clara; Libertad; Makati; Abucay; and San Andres Pumping Stations starting 2019 to 2020. New pumping stations of Cutcut and Romualdez will also be constructed during this period, Sadain said.
In 2020, six additional pumping stations namely: Maytunas; Buhangin; Casili; Ilugin River; Isla; and Damayang Lagi will be built while eight old pumping stations namely: Santibañez, Tapayan; Taguig; Hagonoy; Hulong Duhat; Magsaysay; Herrera; and Concepcion will be undergoing improvement works.
By year 2021, fourth year of the project, six new pumping stations will be constructed namely Del Monte; Doña Imelda; Kalusugan; Mariblo; Masambong; Matalahib-Talayan. Eight pumping stations namely: Balot; Merville-Dampalit; Tanza; Niugan; Artex; Muzon; Acacia; Roque will be modernized.
By 2022, new Progreso; Roxas; Sobrepena; Sta. Cruz; Talayan; and Tatalon Pumping Stations will be constructed while the Aviles-Uliuli; Beata; Binondo-Escolta; Pandacan; Quiapo; San Agustin; Uli Uli; and Valencia Pumping Stations will undergo rehabilitation and modernization.
The whole Metro Manila flood management project – Phase I which will need an allocation of P23.5 billion is jointly funded by the Philippine government, World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Both World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are lending P19.515 billion each or 41.5 percent of the project’s total budget while the Philippine Government is spending P3.985 billion or 17 percent for the project.
MMDA, for its part, established an MMDA-Project Management Office and a Special Bids and Awards Committee to focus on procurement activities of equipment and fast-track solid waste collection and metro-wide information, education and communication campaign to minimize solid waste in waterways.
Prioritizing housing and resettlement of informal settler families living along waterways is also part of the project, the DPWH said.