Two decades ago, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has already warned Philippine authorities of a watery future. To avert such a disaster from happening, JICA approved several anti-flood projects. Government has not updated the public on the status of these projects.
The Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project (Phase III) worth Y11,836,000,000 will be implemented by the DPWH. The objective of the PMRCIP Phase III is to mitigate flood damages in Metro Manila caused by channel overflow of the Pasig-Marikina River through river channel improvement works, together with non-structural measures on flood risk management, thereby contributing to the sustainable urban economic development of the said region.
Specifically, the project seeks to implement river channel improvement works along the stretch of Lower Marikina River and the remaining portions of the Pasig River, which are not covered by the ongoing phase II of the PMRCIP.
Eight people already died from this "unnamed August 7, 2012 tragedy" which has already eclipsed Ondoy's terrible wrath several years ago. Ondoy was a wake-up call for emergency and disaster preparedness. It seems that government is impervious to the lessons learned from Ondoy.
Where are the water pumps that are supposed to work to avert flooding in Metro Manila? DPWH and the MMDA should explain these things to the public.
Where are the sturdy anti-floodways which prevent the seepage of sea water towards the metropolis?