Manila Bay seawall design "problematic," says DPWH; Mayor Atienza admits he had wave deflector structure lowered to allow scenic view

ABS-CBN’s Bandila highlighted the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH’s) assessment of the damaged Manila Bay seawall, which fell at the height of the "Pedring" onslaught.

ABS-CBN’s Bandila highlighted the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH’s) assessment of the damaged Manila Bay seawall, which fell at the height of the "Pedring" onslaught.

 

The DPWH said that the seawall along Roxas Boulevard couldn’t handle the storm surge because its design had a "problematic construction." The agency also pointed out that the wave deflectors on the seawall didn’t have steel reinforcements.  The seawall’s design inadvertently allowed the water to seep through the concrete.

 

The report also quoted Manila City Engineer Armand Andres who revealed that there has always been "seepage" through the seawall. The structure, he said, was already filled with holes . Over time, only stopgap "tapal" measures were performed.

 

In another report posted on ABS-CBNNews.com former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza admitted that during his term he had the wave deflector structure along Manila Bay lowered because it interfered with the area’s scenic view.

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According to the ABS-CBNNews.com report, Atienza told radio dzMM that he had the structure lowered sometime in 1998 and 1999 after the DPWH "raised it by almost 1.5 and 1/2 meters."

 

"Wala na tayong makitang tubig, wala na tayong makitang sunset, wala na tayong malanghap na simoy ng hangin," he explained. However, he clarified that he had the structure lowered to its original level. "Pero pagkakababa namin, iyung original structure [level ang] ginamit namin, iyung original bench... seawall," he said.

 

A Philstar.com report says the DPWH may spend as much as P30 million to repair the seawall.

 

For more on this story, watch the Bandila video or log on to ABS-CBNNews.com and Philstar.com.

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