The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has officially launched its yearly flood mitigation activity aimed at declogging and cleaning up the waterways such as creeks and esteros in the metropolis in preparation for the coming rainy season.
Hundreds of MMDA personnel from the agency’s Flood Control And Sewerage Management Service started the cleanup activities at the Estero Tripa de Gallina in Malate, Manila, couple of days ago.
They were armed with various flood control equipment to conduct the dredging and cleaning up operations, MMDA said in its release.
“We have to do this periodically to maximize the conveyance capacity of our open waterways in anticipation of the forthcoming rainy season,” MMDA General Manager, Tim Orbos, said.
Some of the waterways which MMDA will be declogging and dredging until July 26 are: Pasig River Basin in Port Area, Manila; Estero de San Miguel, Estero de Quiapo, Estero de Magdalena, and Estero de Maypajo also in Manila; Lapu-lapu/ Spine Open Canal and Letre Open Canal in Malabon City; Pasong Malapad Creek and the lagoon in Caloocan City; Waling-waling Creek and Tanque Creek, Sta. Lucia Creek and Villa Creek in Quezon City.