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Isko seeks help of US, Singapore to solve Manila’s perennial flooding problem

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By Rizal Obanil

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso revealed in his The Capital Report that he has asked the Embassies of the United States and Singapore to help the city government conduct a “thorough and scientific” study on Manila’s drainage system.

FERRY ACROSS KALAW — An inflatable boat ferries pedestrians across flooded Kalaw St. in Manila Friday. Classes in the city and other parts of Metro Manila were suspended and traffic was snarled because of flooding. (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

An inflatable boat ferries pedestrians across flooded Kalaw St. in Manila Friday. Classes in the city and other parts of Metro Manila were suspended and traffic was snarled because of flooding.
(Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The Manila mayor said that he believes that this study will help the city government formulate more realistic solutions to the “perennial” problem of flooding in the city.

“Kung pu-pwede, once and for all, once and for all..to study the city’s entire drainage system. Ibig sabihin thorough scientific study. Yun ang hiningi kong tulong sa kanila (If it’s possible…Meaning, a thorough scientific study. That was what I asked from them),” he said.

He explained that he has grown sick and tired of only having bandaid solutions to the problem of flooding in the city.

The Manila local chief executive said that on an almost yearly basis, the city has been conducting repair work on drainages, as well as declogging operations which were actually not long-term solutions.

He said that he has been befuddled that despite the fact that Manila was surrounded by natural catch basins like creeks and rivers, and that the city has a working drainage system, flooding still persisted.

He then came to the conclusion that maybe the city’s drainages were not interconnected, and that floods were not being funneled out towards waterways.

If this is true, he said that a thorough study was indeed needed to address the problem properly.

“Maigi ng gawin ng may direksyon kaysa naman sa manghula tayo (It’s better to do it with a clear path to take rather than fumble blindly),” he said.

The Manila mayor said he did not mind if the study takes awhile. He said that he was willing to wait, and act accordingly based on the recommendations of the study.

“Gawin natin ‘to ng may kahihinatnan (Let’s do this with a clear goal in mind),” he said.

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