Aimed to mitigate flooding in low-lying areas, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opens two (2) new, adjacent pumping stations situated in the Barangays of Wawang Pulo and Coloong in Valenzuela City.
In an inauguration ceremony held Saturday, April 6, 2019, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the two (2) projects located in the area of Valenzuela – Obando – Meycauayan (VOM) costing P1.02-billion were part of the priority projects under the feasibility study on VOM Area and Drainage System Improvement Project.
“We implemented these projects to help in draining major areas of Valenzuela City to the Meycauayan River, easing the damages caused by frequent flooding that the residents have long been suffering from,” said Secretary Villar.
Implemented by the DPWH Unified Project Management Office – Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC) headed by DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, the projects include six (6) submersible axial flow propeller pumps, four (4) sets for Wawang Pulo and two (2) for Coloong with capacity of 3.5 cubic meters each pump, generator sets, flood gates, conveyors, stop logs, gantry cranes, and one (1) diesel storage tank for each with a capacity of 20,000 liters.
The pumping stations has a provision of primary and secondary trash rakes that hinder garbage and other wastes from intruding the pumps which also helps in keeping the river clean.
Also present in the ceremony are the following officials: Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, UPMO-FCMC Project Director Patrick B. Gatan, Valenzuela 1st District Congressman Wesley T. Gatchalian and Congresswoman Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica.