MMDA launches flood monitoring and control center


While the government has yet to come up with a long-term plan to prevent flooding in the Philippines, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched the Flood Control Information Center (FCIC) to help the agency monitor flood-prone areas in the metropolis.

The MMDA-FCIC, which was launched on August 3, will serve as a "nerve center" for flood-control and disaster-related operations in Metro Manila.

"It's a decision support system especially for emergencies," said MMDA-FCIC head Ramon Santiago. "It collects all information regarding floods and operating systems, especially our pumping stations. We'll be able to draw in information from PAG-ASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) and information in critical areas so we can plot incidents and what is the response that we have done, and what further measures we need to do."

Monitoring will be done via more than 70 closed-circuit television cameras placed on key Metro Manila intersections, flood-prone areas and pumping stations. Images will be displayed at the MMDA-FCIC, which is equipped with 16 LCD monitors. Aside from the PAG-ASA, the MMDA-FCIC will also be connected with other international satellite-based weather monitoring services. With an incident management and map navigation software, the MMDA will collate information on flood and other disaster-related incidents. The center also has a floor map of Metro Manila and outlying waterways that will help trace communities that would be affected when water systems overflow.

"The information generated at the Center will eventually be made available to the Metro Manila local government units and the public, to guide them on what to do during emergencies," Santiago said.

MMDA spokesperson Yves Gonzales added that real-time updates may soon be available as "flood component is in the plans for the navigator." Perhaps when that happens, we can no longer complain about not being informed.

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  • ako_si_bigotilyo Aug 08 2011 @ 02:08pm
    hindi pala puwede mawala ang floods during rains kasi mawawalan nang silbi ang pagtayo ng facility.
  • bruce Aug 08 2011 @ 04:01pm
    your taxes are working for you! buti ang tax, nagtatrabaho, pero yung tao na sumusweldo galing sa tax, di nagtatrabaho.. i hope maging effective ito!
  • 17Sphynx17 Aug 08 2011 @ 04:32pm
    Personally, its a waste, they already did this as part of their function before right? Now they are "establishing" a whole new department/center from a pre-existing one. Monitoring is done already right? Besides, with just 70 CCTVs, I don't think it is worth establishing a new center that's connected to just 70 CCTVs for "monitoring", unless they have a short term/long term plan to expand its coverage/scope.

    Just saying. =)
  • Feeter Silverster Aug 08 2011 @ 09:12pm
    at least masasabihan nila si Christopher Lao tungkol sa mga pagbaha at kung malalim yung baha.
  • JoHunter Aug 08 2011 @ 11:10pm
    Tingnan na lang natin. Ewan ko ha kasi dala na ako sa gobyernong into na pinamumugaran lang ng mga unggoy. Wala na akong paniniwalaan sa mga pinagsasabi nilang plans ang initiatives.

    "I don't want to see action, only results."
  • warak1422 Aug 09 2011 @ 12:24pm
    dami kasing immoral dyan sa manila kaya binabaha lagi
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