Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has said that the government has failed to do anything to solve the flood problem in Metro Manila.
“If we are talking about the problem of the flooding that we have been seeing in the past few weeks? It really boils down to the simple fact that since ‘Pepeng’ and ‘Ondoy’, we have done absolutely nothing to fix the flooding. Nothing has been done,” he told reporters during the ‘Kapihan sa Senado” held on Thursday(June 20).
Marcos made the assessment after major thoroughfares in Metro Manila were inundated by two hours of rains that caused heavy traffic snarl and stranded soaked commuters.
The senator said the flood situation has gotten worse, noting that the latest flooding occurred only after two hours of continuous rain.
“Dati, dalawang araw pa bago magbaha. Pero ngayon, dalawang oras lang na medyo malakas lang ulan, bumabaha na at nagpapauwi na ang mga eskuwelahan…Honestly, I have not seen any major program to alleviate the problem of flooding. We do not have simple procedures in place,” he said.
He noted that until now, the government has not built new spillways, pumping stations and implemented reforestation project in highland areas surrounding the city that could have prevented or, at least, minimized flooding in Metro Manila during rainy season.
Marcos said solving the problem needed a more aggressive solution as well as cooperation of all stakeholders from both the public and the private sector.
“We have to come out with a really more aggressive solution to the problem. We have to take a really long hard look of the problem. It has something that we have tried to do before but the problem has overwhelmed us already. Dumadami kasi ang mga tao sa Maynila and marami nang baradong estero at ilog lalo na ang mga dinadaanan ng tubig,” he said.
He added: “You can see that the problem is getting worse. We have to plan… we have to look deeper. Actually, the plans are already in place. We just have to review it again baka magamit pa natin.”