MANILA - The City Government of Makati has completed the repairs and improvement projects needed for the city's drainage system ahead of the rainy season.
The project covered 649.7 kilometers of repair works since it was commenced in 2013. The project ended in April 2014.
According to Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, the installation of new concrete pipes on the city's drainage system was initiated to prevent floods.
“Although it may not be possible to totally prevent floods in low-lying areas when the rains come, improved drainage will allow floods to recede faster. As of last year, we already noted faster receding time of floodwaters from 10 to 15 minutes, whereas before it took about 30 minutes to an hour,” he said.
The city engineering department also reported that as of last April, it had completed land improvement projects consisting of drainage improvement, concreting and concrete reblocking in 16 barangays in two districts.
It had also completed improvement and dredging of a portion of Makati Diversion Channel spanning the barangays of San Lorenzo, Bel-Air and San Antonio.
Improved streets in District 1 include Banuyo St. (San Antonio), streets of Guanzon, Guerrero, Palma Ext., San Agustin and Cardona, and a portion of Makati Avenue (Poblacion), portion of Cagayan St. (Kasilawan), Taliba St. (Olympia), Davila St. (La Paz/Tejeros), and portion of Batangas St. and Zapote St. (San Isidro/Sta. Cruz/Olympia).
In District 2, engineering works had been completed in Jacinto St. (Guadalupe Nuevo), Diamond and Acacia Sts. (Pembo), Bluboz Extn. and Aguila St. (Rizal), portion of Napindan Site, 5th St./Burgos and 7th St./Dagohoy (West Rembo), 31st Ave., 22nd Ave. Alley, 14th Ave., Zone 4 Alley (bet. Masagana and Mahinhin), and 14th Ave. Zone 2 (East Rembo), portion of Block 50-51 St., Zamora St., and Col. P. Santos St. (South Cembo), portion of Palawan St. (Pitogo).
Road improvement projects were also completed in six barangays during the first quarter of the year. Improved were Mitra Compound Alley in Singkamas, Boni Serrano St. in West Rembo, Emerald Extension and Interior in Pembo, Facundo St. in Valenzuela, and Narra St. in Cembo.