Philippines: Urban planning, architecture and engineering recommendations to address flooding problems

Source(s): Manila Times Publishing Corp., the

By Architect Felino "Jun" A. Palafox, Jr

After Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, my fellow architects, planners, designers, engineers, researchers and I at Palafox Associates prepared immediate action, short-, medium-, and long-term urban planning, architecture and engineering recommendations to address [flood] hazards before they become disasters. We presented these recommendations with a 10-year program from 2010 to 2020 to the national government and to the media, and I would like to share these with you because these remain relevant today.


– Develop an emergency and disaster response management plan and ensure that all citizens are aware of it. Before storm surges and flash floods occur, the government and the citizens should be aware of what areas will be flooded and how high. This information can be obtained from flood zoning overlay maps.

– Create disaster prevention bases.

– Construct, improve and secure evacuation spaces. Evacuation sites are recommended to have at least one square meter per evacuee. Secure water supply stations.

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