MMDA chair Francis Tolentino proposes creation of Bureau of Drainages

Metro Manila’s drainage woes have probably drained his energy.

Rio Araja of Manila Standard Today reports that Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino has proposed the creation of a separate government agency to take care of drainage systems and the disposal of water nationwide.


According to the report, Tolentino said the creation of a Bureau of Drainage will make it easier to "harmonize the diverse operations of the Local Water Utilities Administration, Maynilad Water Services Inc., Manila Water Co. Inc., local government units, and dams being operated by both government and the private sector." He noted that Metro Manila alone has an extensive network of drainages, with 897 kilometers of water channels.


The MMDA chair added that the Bureau of Drainages, if created, may be tasked with the proposal of methods to "harness water for recyclable use and as a potent source of energy."


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