MMDA eyes more organized evacuation during floods

Posted at 08/14/2012 3:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is calling for a centralized evacuation centers for each city to avoid confusion in the delivery of relief goods.

“Iyung paglikas, isa ang pagdadalhan [ng mga residente]. Sa pagdadala ng relief items, isa din. Mas madali ang imbentaryo at transport system, logistics,” MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said.

Among the facilities being eyed as evacuation centers are Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, and Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City.

The MMDA has also divided Metro Manila into four flood management zones: the north zone for the CAMANAVA area (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela); south zone for Parañaque, Las Piñas, Pasay and Muntinlupa; east zone for Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Makati and Pateros; and west zone for Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong and Quezon City.

Pumping stations

Meanwhile, Tolentino said the following pumping stations need to be repaired or replaced to address Metro Manila's flooding problem:

Aviles
Quiapo
Valencia
Tripa de Gallina
Pandacan
Sta. Clara
Paco
Libertad
Makati
Binondo
Balete
Escolta

The MMDA said these pumping stations are now more than three decades old. The MMDA has at least 50 pumping stations around Metro Manila.

The agency also said the three meter easement at creeks, and 10 meter easement at rivers are no longer being followed, particularly at the Tullahan, Francisco, Pasig, San Juan, Bagong Bayan, Marikina and Tumana Rivers. – from a report by Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News; with ANC