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Metro Manila flood control plan budget a pittance

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Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said his department had been getting input from both local and foreign experts on flood management and disaster risk reduction as it finalizes the master plan for effective and comprehensive flood control in Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal and Laguna. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) flood control master plan for Metro Manila and nearby provinces—which has a total proposed budget of P352 billion—has been included in the agency’s budget allocation for 2013.

But in a report furnished to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the DPWH’s public information division said only P15.8 billion had been allocated by the department for the master plan, among other flood control projects of the department, this year.

The amount represents 10.9 percent of the agency’s total infrastructure program funding of P144.3 billion and about five percent of its annual budget of P152.4 billion.

The bulk of the infrastructure funding—P100.9 billion—will go to the repair and maintenance of national roads and bridges all over the country, said the report.

Of the P15.8 billion earmarked for flood control, P12.4 billion will go to locally funded projects, while P3.45 billion is the national government counterpart fund for foreign-assisted projects.

Other flood control-related project budget allocations are for P425.6 million for right-of-way payments; P340 million for feasibility studies and detailed engineering works, and P64.17 million for contractual obligations.

Disaster Quick Response Fund

The DPWH has also set aside P500 million for the construction of septage and sewerage systems in Puerto Princesa and 16 other highly urbanized cities, as well as rain collection systems in a number of local government units nationwide.

Another P600 million was allocated for what the department calls the “Disaster Quick Response Fund,” which is intended for the emergency repair of roads and bridges destroyed during typhoons, flash floods and other natural disasters.

Under the 2013 General Appropriations Act, the following DPWH projects also received budget allocations: Construction of basic education facilities, P14.1 billion; rehabilitation of health facilities, P2.78 billion; various local infrastructures, P1.07 billion, and construction of ramps for disabled persons, P5 million, among others.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said his department had been getting input from both local and foreign experts on flood management and disaster risk reduction as it finalizes the master plan for effective and comprehensive flood control in Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal and Laguna.

Construction of dams

Last July, the National Economic and Development Authority’s subcommittee on water resources approved the master plan, which covers at least 11 infrastructure projects, including the construction of several dams in Marikina City.

This, however, would require the relocation of at least 787,106 people, many of whom are illegal settlers, said the DPWH Project Management Office for Major Flood Control Projects.

The DPWH’s 2012 master plan was based on a study funded by a $1.5 million grant from the World Bank and the Australian Aid for International Development.


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  • surigao_miners

    MAdaming pundo ang LP ngayon..daming projects at ang lalaki ng amount..Bravo Pnoy!

    • kismaytami

      Natural na yan kapag eleksyon. Its a vicious cycle na nauuwi lang sa wala. I can see Ondoy 2 coming.

  • Loggnat

    ‘ This, however, would require the relocation of at least 787,106 people, many of whom are illegal settlers, said the DPWH Project Management Office for Major Flood Control Projects.’ /// How about that! An opportunity to tackle two problems at the same time. Making a significant dent in the illegal settlers (squatter) problem and flood control alleviation problem. Illegal settler relocation is actually a solution to the flood problem because the flood alleviation will not succeed without relocating the squatters living illegally in the flood plain area.

  • Rovingmoron

    Di ba pwedeng ilabas din ni secretary Singzon kung magkano ang kinurakot na kanyang mga tauhan sa pamamagitan ng commissions from projects awarded to private contractors? Kasi yang kabuuhang halaga ng projects ay binawasan na ng commissions to corrupt DPWH officials kaya nga bagsak mga bridges sa provinces due to substandard materials used, in cahoots with COA auditors.

  • kismaytami

    Naglalaway na naman ang mga government officials and employees!

  • Ommm

      P15.8 billion is enough to get you started. Dig the foundations and lay in the reinforcing bar… by that time it will be next year and you get more to pour cement.

    We all know what will happen if we give you the P352 billion in one lump,,,,,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    No amount of money can control the flooding of Manila unless you remove the informal settlers crowding esteros, creeks, and rivers..! And then you have to dredge and rehabilitate all those tributaries and redesign Manila’s drainage systems with the inevitable construction of sewage treatment plants..!!!   

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    declog at ayusin lang
    mga waterways
    from street canals to rivers

    bago magngomisyon sa bagong projects

    marikina dams = new danger

    just declog marikina to pasig mouth and
    new laguna de bai outlet in paranaque

  • Your_King

    Finally after 3 years and 1 devastating flood, that affected over 2 million Filipinos, Aquino decides to provide an alternative flood control plan to the one he abruptly cancelled when he got into office. Better late than never but sucks that things have to always be late.

  • disqusted0fu

    P15.8 billion is still a pretty big amount for flood control. That’s if all of it will really be used just for flood control. It is hard not to be doubtful with these budgets now that the elections is just around the corner.



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