Request for Senate inquiry into flood control master plan

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

A RESOLUTION calling for an inquiry into the government’s flood control master plan and ongoing projects has been tabled in the Senate following recent flooding in the capital and other parts of the country due to rains or incessant storms.

Sen. Ramon B. Revilla, Jr., who introduced Senate Resolution 52 on July 18, said “it’s important for us to be quick and make sure the city is ready before disaster strikes.” .

“The commuter public has been burdened with this decades-old problem. It is high time we looked into this before it is too late,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is the lead implementing agency for the flood management master plan for the Metro Manila and vicinity project, in close coordination with local government units.

DPWH reported the completion of 13,224 flood control structures nationwide over the past six years, while the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said pump stations in the National Capital Region are ready and at 100% capacity for the rainy season.

However, Mr. Revilla said that despite the master plan and the billions allocated to the program, the floods and their adverse effects continue to endanger many communities across the country.

The senator said flooding problems have only gotten worse over the years, citing climate change which has intensified natural calamities.

“The country has repeatedly witnessed catastrophic flooding of communities,” Revilla said. “We simply cannot forget the unthinkable number of lives lost, the complete devastation of the areas directly affected and the severe effects on living conditions and livelihoods that have had a long-term negative impact on the health of many Filipinos. and on the economy of the country”.

The Philippines, located in the typhoon belt, are hit by an average of 20 typhoons a year.

It loses an average of 1.7% of its overall economic output each year to typhoons, according to estimates by the Asian Development Bank, which noted the need for the country to build resilience to natural disasters. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

Norman D. Briggs