MANILA, July 9 (PNA) — The government continues to carry out infrastructure projects aimed at preventing massive flooding, both for the short and the long terms, a Palace official said Thursday.
“Patuloy na ipinatutupad ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ang iba’t ibang flood control projects, kasama na rin diyan ang drainage improvement,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during a press briefing, adding that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been monitoring the cleaning of canals in Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, he said, the government’s long-term flood control projects included the building of large-scale infrastructure that would be completed by 2035.
Coloma, however, noted that the government’s flood control efforts appeared to be taking effect.
Despite the heavy rains, he said, floods had been subsiding quickly.
“Nakikita naman natin na humuhupa ito at wala namang nararanasang malubhang pagbaha sa maraming bahagi ng ating Kamaynilaan, bagamat tuloy-tuloy ang buhos ng ulan dahil nga sa monsoon rains,” he said.
The Habagat or Southwest monsoon, enhanced by a weather disturbance, has caused heavy rains in the country, especially in Luzon. Some areas have reported flooding, forcing local governments to suspend classes and office work. (PNA)