Isko seeks US embassy help to make Manila 'flood-free'
Rosette Adel ( - August 8, 2019 - 4:44pm

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Thursday said he asked for the US Embassy’s help to make the Philippine capital flood-free.

In a recorded interview on Thursday, Moreno said the US Embassy in Manila asked him how they could extend assistance to the city government.

Moreno met with the commercial section of the US Embassy in Manila to discuss plans for the city which include enhanced flood monitoring and prevention.

“Once and for all, I'm asking you to please study Manila geographically with regard to flooding problem of the City of Manila so that once and for all magkaroon ng (there would be a) drainage plan… catch basin, everything that will address Manila flooding,” the mayor said.

The Manila mayor said the Philippines experience rain eight out of 12 months so flooding is a main concern.

“It’s going to be a perennial problem,” he said.

Moreno explained that flooding in Manila usually subsides after the rain but he’s still not satisfied with that. He said he is keen on taking any solution that would address flooding in Manila even if it takes as long as 20 years.

Classes in Manila usually get affected by heavy rains as most universities in the city are located in low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Moreno suspended classes in all levels in Manila on Thursday following the continued monsoon rains and the effects of Typhoon Hanna.

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