THE Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the Mandaluyong main drainage project (Maysilo) as scheduled, on September 30.
“We gave an ultimatum to the contractor: finish this on September 30 or swim in Pasig River. Glad to report the project is now completed. No one is swimming at least today,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.
“The Duterte administration has always emphasized on efficiency and quality. The construction of Mandaluyong main drainage project (Maysilo) is expected to protect 182 hectares, which is composed of 10 barangays and four major roads, namely Boni Avenue (East), Boni Avenue (West), San Francisco Street and Martinez Road,” Villar added.
He said the department has implemented various initiatives to fast-track the implementation of projects. These include the 24/7 round-the-clock work scheme, the 24/7 Secretary’s Hotline and the unannounced spot check of projects.
“The completion of the P609.12 million Mandaluyong main drainage project is expected to decrease inundation depth from chest deep to just about six inches of flooding, if any. It is also expected to decrease flooding to only about 30 minutes,” he said.
The final segment of the project involved the construction of a 652-linear-meter double barrel box culvert (along San Francisco St.) and the installation of four units of pump. Each pump has a discharge capacity of 1.5 cubic meters per second.
The completed drainage system is designed to meet the present and anticipated future stormwater runoff to mitigate the occurrence of flash floods at Maysilo area and its immediate vicinity.