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Wala daw baha! MMDA boasts of flood-free roads in metropolis despite heavy rains

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There are no reported flooding on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila caused by heavy rains brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) attributed this to the various pumping stations being operated by the agency as part of its flood control measures.

“Our pumping stations are working which resulted to less flooding. So far, sa major thoroughfares wala naman reported na flooded and unpassable. If you can notice, yung mga major thoroughfares na may pumping stations kung dati yan overnight ang baha. But because of the pumping stations in two to three hours passable na yan (So far, we have not reported any flooding and unpassable areas along major thoroughfares. If you can notice, in major thoroughfares that have pumping stations before the flooding lasts overnight. Now the floods recede within two to three hours making these passable because of the pumping stations),” MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said in a press briefing Tuesday.

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“Ang challenge talaga namin is yung basura. Kaya minsan nagtatagal kapag binuksan natin ang pumping stations nakikita natin nagbabara ng basura. Kapag nakita ninyo yung mga basura sa ilog may sofa, ref saka gulong — lahat ng klase ng basura makikita mo diyan. Everyday naghahakot kami ng truckloads of garbage. So minsan imbes na two hours wala nang tubig we take three hours to clean the waters (Our challenge today is the volume of wastes. The reason why at times flooding lasts long if you opened the pumping stations they are being blocked by trash. If you see the trash in the rivers, there are sofas, refrigerators and tires — all kinds of wasters are there. We collect truckloads of garbage every day. Instead of two hours there are no floods we take three hours to clean the waters),” he added.

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission has rescued senior citizens and families near the San Juan River where there has already been an overflow due to the rains brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon.

In a statement, Alyssa Miclat, spokesperson of PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio Goitia, said they were lso monitoring different areas of the Pasig River.

But the local government of Marikina City has raised its second alarm after the Marikina River reached 16 meters as of 1:22 p.m. Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro has ordered preemptive evacuation of residents in the area near the river.

The MMDA has earlier announced flooding in the following areas:

Laon-laan between Lacson to A. Mendoza;

España between Lacson to Maceda;

España between Lacson and M. dela Fuente;

España between Lacson and San Diego;

Barangay Tatalon Roxas District, northbound and southbound;

R. Papa Manila northbound;

E. Rodriguez Delos Santos Medical City northbound and southbound;

Doña Carmen westbound; and

Cubao Tunnel Aurora northbound.

For its part, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) has provided transportation to ferry stranded commuters, spokesperson Aileen Lizada said.

The MMDA has two military trucks and two buses on standby while one bus was roving. A military truck, four Isuzu trucks and one Jack truck were deployed by the Philippine Coast Guard while several military trucks were dispatched by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.

The MMDA has already suspended the number coding scheme for city buses and private vehicles this afternoon. (PNA)