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Authorities check if grease in QC restaurants contribute to flooding

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 5 days ago Merueñas, Mark
An afternoon downpour leaves many parts of Metro Manila flooded, including Scout Lozano corner Tomas Morato Streets in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 17, causing heavy traffic to motorists. © GMA News An afternoon downpour leaves many parts of Metro Manila flooded, including Scout Lozano corner Tomas Morato Streets in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 17, causing heavy traffic to motorists.

The local government of Quezon City, together with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), on Wednesday inspected restaurants in flood-prone areas in the city to check whether grease clogging the drainage system had contributed to flooding in the past few days.

"Malaking challenge talaga kasi unang-una may mga equipment nga tayo na panglinis niyan sa MMDA, di naman makapasok kasi punong-puno na walang madaanan. Ang nangyayari ngayon mano-mano 'yung paglilinis, makikita naman ninyo kamay-kamay 'yung paglilinis," MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said in a Balitanghali report by Raffy Tima.

In 2015, authorities conducted a declogging operation in the drainage system near the restaurants along Tomas Morato Avenue after discovering that grease had contributed to flashflood in the area.

According to some barangay officials, the system on grease disposal in restaurants has already improved due to regular inspections and a policy requiring restaurants to have tools to filter grease.

"Ini-inspect 'yun bago sila bigyan ng clearance, one of the requirements is that they should have a grease trap," said barangay kagawad Bella Dominguez.

"Meron pa silang grease interceptors, meron pa silang STP bago pa sila naka-connect sa sewer line. So ganon katindi 'yung kailangan na treatment kumbaga," added Mary Beaulah Rios, officer-in-charge of Quezon City Pollution Control Division.

Garbage collectors usually segregate grease as it is considered as a hazardous material, the report said.

Meanwhile, authorities as well as residents conducted a cleanup drive in Estero de Magdalena in Manila where they obtained massive clumps of garbage such as plastic products, styrofoam, and even tires.

According to a Balitanghali report by Oscar Oida, residents who will be affected by the cleanup drive will be relocated.

Out of the 2019 families, more or less 1,000 families have already been relocated, according to the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. — Anna Felicia Bajo/MDM, GMA News

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