Palafox eyes monorails, walkways to beat floods

By Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2012 12:19 AM | Updated as of Aug 15 2012 08:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines – San Juan gets flooded during heavy rains, and the floods are high when the San Juan river overflows.

This is why urban planner Jun Palafox proposes new building designs for the city.

He says an elevated covered walkway should connect establishments, and there should also be a monorail system, way above the highest flood water level.

“May mobility pa rin, accessibility sa mga nababaha. This is not new, kasi like sa Venice, Italy, maski nagbabaha madaming tourists kasi they have interconnected walkways,” said Palafox.

Palafox and the local government also made a flood overlay zoning to determine which areas are most prone to flooding.

To make sure residents are safe, Palafox says there should be a special building code when constructing in flood-prone areas and homes there should be remodeled.

"Let’s say every year binabaha, doing nothing is no longer an option. Do something and you have several alternatives," he said.

Palafox says homes in flood-prone areas should have stilts and at the very least, be 2 to 3-storeys high.

The bedrooms should be at the floor above the highest flood line and there should be an emergency exit to the roof. -- ANC