Circulo Verde not source of Marikina flooding
By SARAH HILOMEN-VELASCO
¦ May 13, 2011
MANILA, Philippines — A property developer said Friday that its project along the Marikina River in Bagumbayan, Quezon City is not the culprit for flooding in nearby areas.
In a statement, Ortigas & Co., Limited Partnership, explained that its Circulo Verde project, located along Calle Industria Road, has never reclaimed land, nor has it enlarged its property or encroached on the river. “Ortigas has not built anything beyond the bounds of its property. In fact, the development of the site will improve the flow of the river, thereby helping reduce flooding in upstream areas.”
The statement was issued following the allegations of Marikina City officials that the project encroached the Marikina River resulting to flooding in nearby areas.
The developer revealed that it even has measures to control flood. “We have started to build a riverbank protection wall which is designed to prevent further siltation of the river and improve the flow of the river.”
It also described that the soil deposits that can be observed on the project’s side of the river “are partly a by-product of erosion and a result of dredging and desilting activities conducted by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to increase the river’s capacity and improve its flow.”
The developer said that the MMDA temporarily piles up the silt removed from the river at the Circulo Verde property before it is being hauled out. “The soil does not come from the project. Its accumulation around the property is caused by upstream erosion, as well as the desilting operations being conducted by the MMDA.”
Ortigas assured the public that they are conducting a hydrological study to ensure the soundness of the site and structures to protect the site and nearby communities from flooding.