MANILA, Philippines—Did you know that Burgos Circle at the Global City in Taguig has a five-story structure underneath it where floodwater is impounded and later released into Manila Bay?
The government is now looking at it, or the principle behind it, as a model for the construction of a similar structure that would impound water up in the Marikina Watershed, the main source of the floodwaters that swamped Marikina and its neighboring cities in last Tuesday’s deluge.
“What we’re looking at is to impound or retard the amount of water together with the run-off upstream. It’s been effective in many countries and we’ve tried that in Fort Bonifacio,” Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said in a brief phone interview Saturday.
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