Most Manila drain pipes built in 1960s

By Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2013 04:18 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2013 12:29 AM

MANILA - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) South Manila Engineering District said the total rehabilitation of the drainage system in the city of Manila would cost P5 billion.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), 70 percent of the drain pipes in Manila are made of single barrels 24 inches in diameter, similar to the size of the opening of a container drum.

However, the actual and ideal size should be 3 meters by 4 meters or visually similar to the size of a car.

Most of the drain pipes were built in the 1960s.

The DPWH is currently doing an upgrade on the drainage system.

Canals are also now being declogged by the MMDA. They reported that some steel manhole filters have been stolen; therefore, garbage continues to flow toward the drain pipes, causing clogging.

All Manila roads including the Lagusnilad underpass are now passable, according to the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management.

Meanwhile, the MMDA also brought the news team to the Aroceros pumping station in Manila near the Pasig River where it was still high tide.

MMDA Flood Control official Alex Mohammad showed the part of the station where flood water was being pumped out to the Pasig River.