Stakeholders participation and cooperation is the key issue to address flooding – DPWH chief

December 13, 2012 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 13 — “We need everyone’s sustained cooperation and stakeholders’ collective participation to fully develop and effectively implement the flood control master plan for greater Manila because flood management does not happen overnight,” Department of Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said in his keynote address at the recently concluded Philippine Flood Management Knowledge Sharing Forum at the Asian Development (ADB) Headquarters in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

Singson said that to reduce the flood risk in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the DPWH is at present completing the flood control master plan for greater Manila to include Laguna Lake, and Bulacan and Pampanga rivers as the Aquino administration is committed to tackle and address the flood management issue head on.

Since the Philippines is the third hardest hit by tropical cyclone and sixth directly affected by climate change, we are focusing to implement the masterplan in twenty (20) identified major river basins nationwide to address flooding and loss of lives and property.

Stephen Groff, ADB’s Vice President of Operations for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific in his opening remarks said that flood is a setback for development so flood management requires critical decision making.

DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut said that the masterplan involves specific structural and nonstructural measures consisting of projects which will take up to 2035 to complete. He also thanked the ADB for organizing the forum with the DPWH which provided the participants with knowledge and information in identifying ways to strengthen disaster risk management, and sharing of experiences in floods and flood management.

Professor Gerald Galloway, Jr. of the University of Maryland and other international experts on flood management and speakers and panelists from the DPWH, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Laguna Lake Laguna Development Authority (LLDA), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Office of Civil Defense, local government units, and academe discussed climate change and flood risks in the Philippines, structural and non structural measures in flood management, community-based flood risk management, and measure being taken to reduce the hazards, exposure and vulnerability to floods. Other development aid agency-partners supporting the Philippines like Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank (WB) also outlined their ongoing support to the country.

The two-day flood management forum organized by the DPWH and ADB was attended by national and international flood management experts, government officials, government and private engineers, LGU representatives, civil society organizations, non-government organizations, private sector and other stakeholders. (PNA)

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