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March 10, 2016

Japanese Aid Agency to Turn Over Anew to MMDA the Newly-Improved Flood Control System

         The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will turn over anew to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA} on Monday (March 14} the management of the newly-improved and restored flood control project that can help mitigate the devastative effects of strong typhoons on Metro Manila and nearby towns.
    JICA representatives will formally inaugurate and hand over the ambitious Effective Flood Control Operating System (EFCOS) to MMDA during a ceremony at the Rosario Pumping Station in Barangay Manggahan, Pasig City after a 15-month rehabilitation of the system.
    In October 2014, JICA and MMDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the improvement of the EFCOS, involving the restoration of the telemetry system and replacement of its radio system-- two of the most vital components of the project.
    The telemetry system will be used for a more efficient flood monitoring and early warning mechanism while the radio system will help in reporting advance rainfall data.
    The EFCOS Project costs a total of P32 million, with Japanese government shouldering P16 million while the Philippine government assuming out the rest as its counterpart fund.
      Under the MOU, JICA provided the funding of the restoration of the telemetry equipment amounting to P74.7 million.
    MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos, who will lead MMDA officials during the turnover, said the EFCOS Project will greatly contribute to the flood control and early warning system especially during the onset of the rainy season.
      He said that EFCOS will be beneficial not only to the eastern Metro Manila residents but also those in the province of Rizal such as municipalities of San Mateo, and Rodriguez – which likewise bore the brunt of the massive flooding in the wake of Typhoon Ondoy.
     “The EFCOS Project will greatly complement our continuous efforts to minimize flooding in flood-prone areas the Pasig-Marikina-Laguna Lake complex thus saving thousands of lives during this natural calamity,” Carlos said.
     As early as February, Carlos said that hundreds of MMDA personnel have embarked on the annual Estero Blitz program, the agency’s waterways cleanup drive in Metro Manila, in preparation for the coming typhoon months.
     To date, there are 18 observation stations transmitting data to the EFCOS while four monitoring stations (Department of Public Works and Highways Central Office, PAGASA, Napindan, and Rosario) are receiving the data.
     There are also nine flood warning posts along Manggahan Floodway which are vital in the operation of the two major flood control structures in Metro Manila – the Rosario Weir Floodgates and the Napindan Hydraulics Control Structure.
     Phase 1 of the Effective Flood Control Operating System (EFCOS) Project, which was completed in 1993, is expected and designed to be an effective flood control operation system for the Pasig-Marikina-Laguna Lake Complex through real-time rainfall and water-level data collection via various systems, including telemetry, early warning, and multiplex communication in Metro Manila.
     The project’s Phase 2 was completed in 2001while Phase 3 was finished this year.

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