Government to implement master plan for flood management

Government to implement master plan for flood management

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday approved nine out of the 11 proposed infrastructure projects, particularly those seeking to improve the country’s transportation network and water management.

The infrastructure projects are worth P407.4 billion, including a P351-billion comprehensive master plan for flood management in Metro Manila and surrounding areas.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board in Malacañang was attended by the administration’s economic managers as well as incoming Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

According to Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), the proposed P351-billion flood management master plan for Metro Manila and nearby areas will run up to 2035. The NEDA board initially released P5 billion for the improvement of various floodways and river capacities in Metro Manila and Regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4-A (Calabarzon) for 2012-2013.

The other approved projects are the P16.3-billion repair of bridges in calamity-stricken areas, P9.7-billion Light Railway Transit (LRT) Line 2 East Extension Project, P8.6-billion MRT 3 Capacity Extension Project, P7.4-billion New Bohol International Airport project, P5.7-billion strengthening of Angat Dam and Dike project, P4.8-billion Bicol International Airport Project, P3.9-billion Mindanao Road Improvement project, and the request for financing for Agus hydroelectric power plant rehabilitation.

The approval of two other projects was deferred because of some technical questions. These are the Cavite-Laguna expressway and the acquisition of new patrol boats for the Coast Guard.