MMDA to put up ‘bayanihan zones’ vs flooding
By Dennis Carcamo
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will soon establish so-called “flood control bayanihan zones” in flood-prone areas in the metropolis.
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the these bayanihan Zones, which seek the involvement of the community in flood control programs, show the public-private partnership to alleviate the adverse effects of flooding in Metro Manila during the rainy season.
“Within the next few weeks, we will launch these bayanihan Zones that will serve as our active partner in all our flood control activities. With the close cooperation of the community, we believe that our efforts to find solutions to our flooding problem will come a long way,” Tolentino said.
Each bayanihan Zone will be composed of key representatives from the different stakeholders in the community such as civic and business organizations, religious groups, non-government organizations and people’s organizations, among others.
Tolentino said the development of the bayanihan Zones is aimed at establishing a broad-based commitment and involvement by the community in a particular flood-prone area.
With bayanihan zones in place, the problem on coordination and response time during calamities and any other emergencies will be effectively addressed, he added.
Each bayanihan zone will be responsible for organizing their community for preparedness prior to and during flooding incidents, and will maintain close contact with the MMDA, the local government units, and other government agencies.
Serving as the MMDA’s frontline unit, members of the bayanihan zone are also expected to develop flood protocol and other guidelines for the residents of the community such as alert mechanisms, flood-mitigation measures, and evacuation measures.
“Each bayanihan zone will also be responsible in conducting information campaign and advocacy outreach program to eradicate causes of flooding in their jurisdiction,” Tolentino said.