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March 1, 2017 

MMDA Launches Estero Blitz 2017

          The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today officially launched its yearly flood mitigation activity aimed at de-clogging and cleaning up the waterways such as creeks and esteros in the metropolis in preparation for the coming rainy season.
       Hundreds of MMDA personnel from the agency’s Flood Control And Sewerage Management Service this morning started the clean-up activity at the Estero Tripa de Gallina in Malate, Manila.
          They were armed with various flood control equipment to conduct the dredging and cleaning up operations.
       Despite the regular clean-up, Estero Tripa de Gallina has always been swamped with domestic waste materials coming from the up-stream as well as mid-stream areas of the waterway. There are several houses built along and nearthe creek.
          The MMDA personnel will be also be de-clogging and cleaning up waste materials from March 1 to July 26 at the following waterways: Pasig River Basin in Port Area, Manila;  Estero de San Miguel, Estero de Quiapo, Estero de Magdalena, and Estero de Maypajo also in Manila; Lapu-lapu/ Spine Open Canal and Letre Open Canal in Malabon City; Pasong Malapad Creek and the lagoon in Caloocan City; Waling-waling Creek and Tanque Creek, Sta. Lucia Creek and Villa Creek in Quezon City; Pinagkatdan Creek in Pasig City; Balanti Creek in Marikina City; Pinagsama Creek in Taguig City; Sto. Rosario-Silangan River in Pateros; Estero Tripa de Gallina –Buendia Outfall in Makati City; Sto. Nino Creek in Pasay City; Dahlig Creek in Las Pinas City; Pasong Diablo River in Muntinllupa City; Coastal Open Canal in Paranaque City; and Libertad Retarding Pone in at Libertad Pumping Station in Pasay.
          “We have to do this periodically to maximize the conveyance capacity of our open waterways in anticipation of the forthcoming rainy season,” MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said.
           To date, there are 37 pumping stations in Metro Manila being operated and maintained by the agency.
       Based on data, MMDA has identified several flood-prone areas in Metro Manila during the wet season including Sampaloc, Manila and its immediate vicinity; Rizal Avenue corner R. Papa in Manila; Makati Diversion Channel, South Superhighway-Buendia; Maysilo Circle-Boni Avenue, Kalentong St., New Panaderos St., Shaw Boulevard and Acacia Lane in Mandaluyong; Brgy. Dona Imelda, Damayang Lagi, Tatalon and Talayan in Quezon City; Quiapo, Manila and its immediate vicinity; and Ninoy Aquino Avenue and its immediate vicinity in Paranaque.           

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