HUGE HEADWAY IN FLOOD CONTROL EFFORTS: Metro Manila flooded areas down in 2017, 2018 — MMDA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it has made “huge headway” in their flood control efforts, which led to a decrease in flooded areas to 319 hectares, surpassing the target of 245 hectares in 2018 and 263 hectares, exceeding the 250-hectare target in 2017.

MMDA spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said the agency has exceeded its targets on reducing flooded areas in Metro Manila in 2017 and 2018.

“In a continuing effort to address this problem, the MMDA made progress by having been able to reduce the flooded area baseline of 2002 from 13,100 hectares to a total of 2,713 hectares in 2018,” Pialago said in a statement.

In response to a Commission on Audit (COA) report stating that the MMDA left 117 out of 170 flood control projects uncompleted in 2018, with a total cost of PHP878.6 million, Pialago said the COA report had “misappropriation of terminologies” which resulted in unfavorable results.