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Yorme eyes intensified canal cleanup

We thank God that Manila survived ‘Ulysses.’ However, this is not a guarantee. It is possible that Manila will go underwater with the next storms.

Pat C. Santos

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Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is eyeing the intensified declogging of all canals, creeks and rivers in Manila after ordering the city’s Engineering Department and all barangay officials to start clearing all waterways to ensure the free flow of water.

The mayor directed City Engineer Armand Andres that, although declogging operations are done daily, they should be intensified after they proved to be effective against floods during “Ulysses.”
“We clean canals, avenues, boulevards, alleys and streets so that in case of a flood, the water will easily subside,” Domagoso said.

“We thank God that Manila survived ‘Ulysses.’ However, this is not a guarantee. It is possible that Manila will go underwater with the coming storms,” he added.

Manila’s chief executive thanked residents, after learning some of them showed generosity by feeding City Hall personnel undertaking the declogging as a way of expressing their gratitude.

He called on all Manilans to help the city government by not throwing their garbage indiscriminately, specially into bodies of water, sewers and canals.

On top of this, Domagoso also lauded Andres and his personnel for carrying out continuous debundling operations of knotted up electric and cable wires that are not only an eyesore, but also pose a danger to the public.

The city government, he added, is also actively doing “simple fixes” by asphalting pothole-riddled streets for the convenience of motorists.

Areas in the city that suffer from floods, such as España, Lacson, Maceda, Pedro Gil and some streets in Ermita, were reported to have been passable as water drained quickly.

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