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Exec of MMDA plans to extend the project to manage flooding in MM

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For the extension of the flood management project in the city, a representative of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) voiced “great optimism.”

As the effects of climate change worsen, the MMDA is dedicated to “further intensifying efforts and initiatives toward making Metro Manila more robust to floods,” according to acting chair Romando Artes.

In order to assess the status and updates of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project, representatives from the World Bank (WB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), as well as officials and project proponents from the MMDA and the Department of Public Works and Highways, held meetings and site inspections (MMFMP).

The project’s overall progress, potential loan restructuring, and planned execution plans for the remaining phases were all assessed along with the project’s goal.

The MMFMP’s structural and non-structural initiatives, as well as the active engagement and commitment of all stakeholders, will enable us to successfully ease the flood management concerns in Metro Manila, Artes said during the wrap-up meeting.

On November 30, 2024, the project is scheduled to be completed, according to the World Bank website.

The Solid Waste Granulator (SWG) and Brick Making Facility, which is situated near the Vitas Pumping Station in Tondo, was also the subject of a site assessment last month.

These facilities turn solid waste into bio-waste compostable materials, eco-bricks, eco-hollow blocks, and eco-concrete barriers.

The financial organizations for the flood management project, the WB and AIIB, acknowledged the advancements made on the initiatives put out by the agency.

These include a rise in the SWG’s diversion rate from 5 to 8 percent since the midterm evaluation in March;

increased the mobile materials recovery facility’s service area from 10 to 42 barangays, collecting 97,000 kilos of waste instead of the 8,000 kg it did in March of last year;

early March, composting facilities were distributed to 32 barangays from three barangays;

A water hyacinth processing factory in Rizal is almost finished, and pilot pyrolysis equipment has already been placed at the Vitas Pumping Station. Other ongoing activities include the placement of trash traps in specific rivers.

The 25-year Solid Waste Management Master Plan, which aims to increase resilience against floods and lessen vulnerability to them, was also completed by the MMDA.

The MMFMP’s Component 2—which aims to enhance solid waste management in barangays near the pumping stations to ultimately assist sustain their effectiveness—and Component 4—project management and coordination—are implemented by the MMDA.

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