DPWH proposes storm drain system as "permanent solution" to Metro Manila flooding

GMA News Online reports, citing Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson, that starting next year, catchment basins like those found in cities in other countries will be built as a "permanent solution" to the National Capital Region's flood problems."

The Department of Public Works and Highways takes on flood control.

 

GMA News Online, citing  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson, reports that starting next year, catchment basins like those found in cities in other countries will be built as a "permanent solution" to the National Capital Region's flood problems."

 

The report explained: "Large amounts of excess water are first collected in ’catchment basins’ that are basically large underground tanks or cisterns. The collected excess water then gets released to creeks and other bodies of water only after rainfall has subsided, so as to prevent subsequent flooding resulting from otherwise simultaneously raising levels in those waterways."

 

The report added that the proposed catchment basins will be part of "storm drain systems," which are "networks of gutters, channels, and subterranean pipes designed to take away excess water accumulating on roads, parking lots and sidewalks after a large downpour of rain."


Singson pointed out that in Fort Bonifacio Global City, a catchment basin was built in the storm drain system of the Padre Burgos Circle. The DPWH boss likewise revealed that the government allocated P8 to P12 billion for flood control.

Singson identified the stretch of España Boulevard in Manila as "a prime example of where to build a storm drain system." He explained that a catchment basin can be constructed under the adjacent University of Santo Tomas football field to prevent the area from being flooded.

 

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