PGMA inspects water levels in Metro Manila

October 31, 2009 11:34 am 

MANILA, Oct. 31 — Even as cyclone "Santi" brought strong winds and some rains to Metro Manila this morning, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo made surprise visits to the Manggahan Floodway and Napindan Spillway to check their water levels.

Both water channels overflowed last Sept. 26 when tropical storm "Ondoy" dumped the heaviest rainfall on Metro Manila in the last 40 years and contributed to the massive flooding of large tracts of Marikina City and Pasig City.

The President first visited the Manggahan barangay hall near the floodway, where she briefly talked to barangay chairman Bobby Bobis.

The President also inspected the Napindan channel from a makeshift bamboo ramp in Barangay Napindan and from a bridge overlooking washed away homes and water lilies in Lupang Arenda, which connects the floodway and the spillway.

The President talked to resident Ruel Orbillo, who described how 50 homes were washed away by Santi even as many residents continue to wait for the water level to go down so they can retrieve whatever they can of their belongings.

Originally designated as protected wetlands, the 200-hectare Lupang Arenda has been converted into a resettlement site.

The President was accompanied in her visits by Press Secretary Cerge Remonde and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap. (PNA) scs/OPS/rsm

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