Monday, June 17, 2013

Over 800 Schools found Flood Prone's in Metro Manila

Over 800 major schools found in flood-prone areas
For many students in Manila, back-to-school shopping includes umbrellas and boots. Getting stranded during the rainy season is almost inevitable, especially since over 800 major schools are found along flood-prone roads.

The Metro Manila Development Authority identified 113 flood-prone road segments, including Taft Avenue in Manila, Araneta Avenue in Quezon City, and General Luna in Malabon.

GMA News Research mapped out major schools within a one-kilometer distance from these road segments using the Geographic Information System.

Manila had the most flood-prone schools, with 29 percent or 242 out of at least 813 major schools near flood-prone roads.

The city's flood-prone clusters include Taft Avenue, which is home to some 45 schools including Adamson University, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Christian University and Philippine Women's University.

Following Manila, Quezon City had 22 percent or 186 major schools near flood-prone areas, including 26 in the G. Araneta Avenue cluster.

In the España-Sampaloc cluster, there were 81 flood-prone schools, including UST and Legarda Elementary School, which is the fifth biggest public elementary school in Manila in terms of enrollment.

Of 2,747 schools in Metro Manila, 1,187 are flood-prone, according to MMDA. Schools in low-lying areas, such as Legarda, become catch basins during the rainy season, the report said.

"Ang drainage mula sa España umaapaw na rin, so at the same time, kasi ang alam kong umaapaw from España muna, tapos dito," Legarda Elementary School Principal Dr. Fe Medrano said in a report on News to Go on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, there were 26 flood-prone schools in the Malabon City cluster, including Malabon Elementary School, the third biggest school in the city in terms of enrolment. The cluster includes Sanciangco Street, Juan Luna Street and Gen. A. Luna Street.

To address the flooding along Gen. A. Luna street, the local government conducted digging operations to deepen the canal, GMA News' Kara David said on News to Go. Even three days of digging were not enough to remove all the mud and trash clogging the canal. "Pagka umuulan, talagang malaki ang tubig dito sa amin," a resident said in the report.

Apart from cleaning the drainage systems, MMDA said certain roads must also be made higher. Until this is done, MMDA appealed to schools to cooperate in order to avoid difficulty during the rainy season.

"Dahil identified sila as highly susceptible, siguro mas paiigtingin dito 'yung kanilang mga pagma-maintain natin ng mga drainage at flood control facilities ng MMDA," MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Atty. Emerson Carlos said in the report.

Heavy rain hit Metro Manila on Monday night, causing floods and stranding many commuters. MMDA teams found that in many areas, the floods were caused by rocks, bottles, and other objects clogging the drainage, according to a previous report.

Anticipating another night of heavy rain and flooding, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday urged offices and schools to allow employees and students to go home early to avoid getting stranded.

Metro Manila not flood-resistant

Tolentino earlier said Metro Manila can never be resistant to flooding, as areas like CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela) are naturally below sea level.

"Metro Manila can never be flood-resistant but it can be flood resilient," Tolentino said.

On example can be found in Dampalit, Malabon, where the Department of Education built a new school designed to keep students safe from floods.
source: TxtFire Philippines


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