FLOODED. Motorists negotiate a flooded portion of the Natividad Almeda-Lopez Street in Manila during a heavy downpour on Friday night (Aug. 5, 2022). The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Tuesday (August 9) that the flooding subsided slowly due to the construction of three pumping stations and a pipeline by the Department of Public Works and Highways. (PNA photo by Alfred M. Frias)

MANILA – The recent flooding along the Manila Baywalk and adjacent areas was caused by the construction of a nearby drainage system project and not by the Dolomite Beach, an official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Tuesday.

In an interview during his inspection of the Juan Luna Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila, MMDA Acting General Manager Baltazar Melgar said the Dolomite Beach “has no connection” to the recent flooding in the area.

"The reason why flood water subsided slowly during heavy rains last Friday was the ongoing construction of three pumping stations and a pipeline by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which is expected to be completed by October," Melgar said.

The three pumping stations were the Padre Faura Drainage, Remedios Drainage, and Estero De San Antonio.

The pumping stations, he said, are part of the “engineering solutions” to further decrease the high coliform level count in the area’s waters and make Manila Bay “swimmable”.

The slow draining was the result of drains diverting to the Pasig River through the Balete Pumping Station, instead of discharging directly into the Manila Bay pending the completion of the three pumping stations, Melgar explained.

To avoid similar flooding incidents in the area, he said the MMDA is coordinating with the DPWH in operating a mobile pump that would safely 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.

Reports attributed the recent floods in Manila to the closure of the Padre Faura Drainage, Remedios Drainage, and Estero De San Antonio due to the Dolomite Beach.

The three main drainage systems, once completed, will lead divert sewage water into a treatment plant before sending it into Manila Bay. (PNA)