Journal News Online : Revive spillway project — Citizen BBM

News & Interviews
23 July 2021

By Journal News Online

To ease flooding in Metro Manila

FORMER senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. called on the government to consider reviving the spillway project to ease the extreme flooding Metro Manila is experiencing during typhoon season.

Marcos is referring to the halted construction of a spillway project in Parañaque aimed to serve as a catch basin of overflowing flood water from Laguna Lake before exiting to Manila Bay.

The Parañaque spillway was one of the four floodway projects proposed by his father but were discontinued by the next administration.

In his Facebook page, Bongbong said the 1970 extreme flooding in metro manila prompted the then Marcos government to plan the construction of four major floodways to accommodate all the water to avoid spilling to low lying areas.

“Natapos ang unang spillway project noong 1983. Ang pangalawa at pangatlong floodway projects ay natapos noong 1984 at 1985… at ito sanang Paranaque spillway ang pang-apat na naudlot noong 1986 dahil nag-iba na ang gobyerno,” Marcos explained.

“May mga dati nang proyektong naumpisahan na malamang ay applicable pa laban sa baha. Dapat balikan ang mga planong ‘yan lalo na’t may mga teknolohiya ngayong wala noong 1980s, ” he said.

The former senator pointed out that the urban planning envisioned by his father was the building of four floodways as a long term solution to flooding in Metro Manila with expert urban planner Jun Palafox at its helm.

“Hindi naman siguro tuluyang mawawala ang pagbaha, pero marahil may magagawa tayong paraan upang maibsan ang damage at hirap na dala ng baha sa ating mga kababayan,” the former lawmaker said.