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MMDA says flood control projects substantially completed

The Metropolitan Manila Development said its flood control projects that were flagged as delayed in 2021 have been substantially completed.

Baltazar Melgar, who heads the MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office, said the MMDA took action after the Commission on Audit observed the delay in the projects.

“These flood mitigating projects are operational and serviceable this year,” said Melgar.

“Now that we are slowly returning to normal following measures and restrictions to curb COVID-19, we are reassessing and recalibrating our processes to ensure timely completion of our flood control projects,” he added.

According to him, the 59 flood control projects for 2021 were not completed because of the delays in the procurement process due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the late issuance of clearances from local governments nad government offices, right of way issues, the need to relocate informal settlers, the need for additional items or the realignment of activities, and the restrictions on workers and the movement of equipment as a result of the pandemic.

He also said the delayed projects were minor ones.

These include pipe-laying, drainage and riverbank improvements, and rehabilitation of waterways leading to agency-operated pumping stations.

Melgar said all 77 of the MMDA’s pumping stations are working at full capacity.

The MMDA also carries out flood-mitigation activities to declog and clean up waterways year round, he said.