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