PNoy: Floods won't be totally eradicated
MANILA - President Aquino said that flooding would not be eradicated completely even with flood mitigation projects underway given the huge amount of rainfall.
Aquino pointed out that floodwaters easily subsided, at least in areas where his convoy passed through Monday morning--from Malacañang in Manila to the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City where he addressed the Pambansang Kongreso ng Wika.
"'Yung report sa akin na kaliwa't kanan na mga baha. Dinaanan ko 'yung ibang kalsada, hindi naman kasingsama kagabi. So hindi naman natin sinabing mawawala lahat itong bahang 'to. May kailangan talaga puntahan 'yung dami ng tubig ma bumabagsak," he said.
The President expressed satisfaction about the readiness of government agencies and local government units in preparing for and responding to the effects of the heavy rainfall.
"There are no fresh instructions. The instructions have already been given from the start, from the very first storm that we had to encounter. In fairness to the agencies you mentioned, MMDA in particular, kagabi pa sila naglilinis ng mga trash," Aquino told reporters.
Aquino also pointed out that the government has started to move informal settlers out of waterways danger areas, giving them security.
"'Yung paglilikas mg ating mga kababayan na nasa danger zones, testigo naman kayo na nag-umpisa na po 'to," he said.
Aquino acited the early issuance of alerts by the Marikina government about the water level of the Markina River.
"Kausap ko si Mayor Del de Guzman kahapon. Siguro sometime between 8 and 9... nag-first warning na. Mukhang reding-ready na sila doon sa pagbagsak ng maraming tubig dahil sa kasalukuyang ulan," he said.