The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) should do its mandate of mitigating the regular ordeal of Metro Manila residents from floods by speeding up the bidding for the projects intended to reduce flooding.
This according to Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo, Chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, who has been going around to check on the flood situation as well as the evacuees who are on temporary shelters.
“Metro Manila residents were again at the receiving end of the delay in the flood control projects in Manila recently as a thunderstorm brought heavy rain resulting in flash floods that stranded thousands of commuters,” Castelo said.
The administration stalwart said, “President Duterte has made it clear that he will not allow ordinary Filipinos to suffer from government inefficiencies and slow actions.”
“President Duterte has made it clear that he will not allow ordinary Filipinos to suffer from government inefficiencies and slow actions.”
The veteran legislator said the MMDA should not wait for the President to step in amid the persistent flooding problem in Metro Manila.
“The P25-billion Metro Manila Flood Control Management Project (MMFCMP) which had received funding from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the World Bank (WB) should have been completed this month based on a government timetable but its has yet to be bidded out,” added the seasoned lawmaker.
Castelo concluded that MMDA’s failure to get its act together for the project may result in him proposing to Congres the need for emergency powers for the President to solve the flooding crisis.