May 2, 2018
(from left) Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Assistant Secretary Maximo Carvajal, DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keichi Ishii, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Ambassador Koji Haneda, and Pasig City Engineer Josenar Marlon Caparas at the inauguration of Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase III (photo from DPWH)
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) concluded the 6.539-billion peso Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase III to help mitigate flood risks in Metro Manila.
The project, which inaugurated this week, includes river improvement works along Delpan Bridge to Napindan Channel and along the Lower Marikina River stretching to Napindan Channel to the Manggahan Floodway.
"The project aims to help local governments and vulnerable communities enhance their flood protection measures and contribute to the Philippines' efforts in building resiliency against disasters," said JICA Senior Representative Ayumu Ohshima.
The project assisted the revetment works, construction of river walls, drainage outlets, and dredging works.
Initiatives to improve the Pasig-Marikina River Channel form part of a 1990 master plan for flood control and drainage improvement in Metro Manila, a technical assistance from JICA.
Aside from structural measures, the project also aims to contribute to restoring the ecological balance and improve the aesthetics in Metro Manila's major tributaries.
Historically, the Pasig River is an economic center that has been seriously affected by massive population and industrialization. The river also overflows during heavy downpour.
The third phase of the project is part of JICA's continuing partnership with the DPWH to help improve the country's flood control measures and implement long-term solutions against flood disasters.