The Phillippines: Metro Manila “Estero Blitz” Campaign Includes Dredging

To lessen the flood problems in Metro Manila, the Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now targeting the cleaning of drainage system particularly manholes.

According to Emma Quiambao, MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office director, the agency is cleaning up creeks and “esteros” as part of the “Estero Blitz” campaign, involving declogging and dredging of creeks and drainages in flood-prone areas in Metro Manila.

Quiambao said that they will start this week the cleanup of the drainage system and will open manholes in at least 20 areas in the metropolis.

We will also declog our drainage system especially the lateral ones, beside the roads. We will also open and clean manholes using cranes and backhoes,” Quiambao told the PNA.

She said that the flooding that was experienced in some parts of Metro Manila last week was due to the clogging of the drainage system.

Press Release, June 16, 2014

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