Engineers trace root of MM flood problem

A day after the announcement of the start of the rainy season by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) these kids play along the leg deep flooded street of Maria Clara near G. Araneta Ave. in Quezon City. (MB Photo | Alvin Kasiban)

Millions of motorists and pedestrians have complained of being stranded in many parts of Metro Manila as low-lying and flood-prone areas were flooded with the onset of the rainy season.

Government engineers have traced the Metro Manila flooding problem to several causes like rapid industrialization and unusually heavy rainfall.

DPWH Quezon City Second District Engineer Marlyn Garma-Inguillo said the unabated dumping of garbage and waste in canals, creeks, esteros, ponds, rivers, and other major waterways have been another cause of heavy flooding.

She appealed to the public to exercise their sense of patriotism by disposing their garbage properly and strictly following the waste-segregation scheme of the Quezon City government.

DPWH Quezon City First Assistant District Engineer Loida Busa recounted in the past that discarded refrigerators, king-size beds, dining tables, sofas, chest freezers, and other home appliances were retrieved by government engineers from the Metro Manila waterways. (Chito Chavez)