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Netizens react to MMDA saying Dolomite beach not at fault for Metro Manila flooding

The MMDA seeks to work with the DPWH in using a mobile pump to discharge water directly to Manila Bay

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified on Tuesday that the recent flooding along the Manila Baywalk and adjacent areas could not be directly attributed to the dolomite beach.

MMDA Acting General Manager Baltazar Melgar said the beach “has no connection” to the flooding areas.

“The reason why flood water subsided slowly during heavy rains last Friday was the ongoing construction of three pumping stations (Padre Faura Drainage, Remedios Drainage, and Estero De San Antonio) and a pipeline by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which is expected to be completed by October,” Melgar said in an interview at the Juan Luna Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila.

He explained that the pumping stations are part of the “engineering solutions” to make Manila Bay “swimmable” and reduce the coliform level count in the area’s waters.

The MMDA seeks to work with the DPWH in using a mobile pump to discharge water directly to Manila Bay.

“These storm waters can be safely discharged directly into the Manila Bay because it can be diluted,” he said.

The MMDA previously said  the flooding happened because of the pumping stations’ mandatory closure due to the Dolomite beach. Once the drainage systems are completed, sewage water will be diverted to a treatment plant and routed into Manila Bay.

“Hindi pa natatapos yung project ng DPWH, yung pumping station saka installation ng pipe,” Melgar told GMA News Online. “So mabagal ang pag-subside ng tubig-baha.” he added.

In the meantime, the Pasig River will be forced to receive the floodwaters.

Netizens were all over the Duterte project.

The Dolomite project was arguably the most controversial project under the previous administration, given that it was constructed at the height of the pandemic.

Duterte spokesman Harry Roque said the beach was good for the people’s “mental health.”

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