METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority chair Emerson Carlos urged local executives in the National Capital Region to prepare for the La Nina spawned heavy rains that are expected to pour in October and swamp Metro Manila with flood.
“The full effects of La Nina would be felt in October. We expect there will be above normal rainfall. We will have 20 days of rain in a month. Thus, they (the local executive) should be prepared,” Carlos said.
At the same time, Carlos, who also heads the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, gave assurances that the rehabilitated 12 water pumping stations and flood warning system will boost the council’s efforts to control the perennial flooding.
“As for the preparations, we have the Estero Blitz, the upgrading of pumping stations and the implementation of the Effective Flood Control Operating System (EFCOS),” said Carlos.
Although the effects of La Nina could worsen the flooding in the metropolis, Carlos said the upgraded facilities in place will play a significant role in monitoring and alleviating flooding in the metropolis adding that the flood control system will surely be put to the test.
The rehabilitated or upgraded pumping stations are located in Libertad, Quiapo, Tripa de Galina, Pandacan, Valencia, Binondo, Aviles, Paco, Makati, Sta. Clara, Balete and Arroceros. This will be the MMDA’s first year in using these newly-installed/upgraded pump engines.
Carlos said EFCOS will beneficial not only to Metro Manila but the nearby Rizal province especially the municipalities of San Mateo and Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office chief Baltazar Melgar said the authority’s 54 pumping stations are fully functional. Each unit had the capability to pump 350 drums of floodwater per second.
“These pumping stations are vital for flood mitigation because Manila’s elevation is only a little higher than the main sea level,” he said.