THE three developers at the South Road Properties (SRP) agreed to hire a private engineering consultant to do the comprehensive drainage master plan in the area to address their flooding concerns.
Along with the master plan, a study on whether or not the sea water has contributed to the flooding problem in the area will also be conducted, considering that SRP is a reclamation project.
"Apparently, this is not a simple case," City Engineer Jose Marie Poblete said.
The consultant will look at all the factors that contributed to the problem such as the rain, the elevation of the SRP from the sea and the possibility of the sea water reaching the ground during high tide and heavy downpour, which could have contributed to the concern, Poblete said.
In a meeting yesterday with the task force formed by Mayor Michael Rama to address the flooding problem in SRP, Poblete said that representatives of Filinvest Land Inc., (FLI), SM Holdings Inc. and Ayala Land Inc., agreed to hire the consultant at their own expense.
However, the group did not discuss as of the moment, the implementation of the master plan.
"The initial instruction from the mayor is to start the discussion, implementation can be discussed later on but we really need the plan now," Poblete said.
As to how the study will be funded, Poblete said it will be up to the three developers since they will directly benefit from it considering that their developments are in the SRP.
Designs of their developments in SRP will also be integrated in the comprehensive drainage master plan to make sure that it won't affect their properties, Poblete said.
By next week, the group will identify the consultant to do the study. It will be presented in their meeting on Monday.
Poblete said once the consultant will be identified, he will ask when they can produce the master plan.
While the master plan is still underway, FLI vice president Allan Alfon said they will make improvements to prevent the flooding in their properties.
Alfon, who is appointed to head the group, said they are hopeful the concerns will be addressed after the formulation of the comprehensive drainage master plan.
FLI owns a 10.6-hectare seaside lot at the SRP, where it will build commercial and retail spaces.
They are also constructing medium and high-rise residential buildings in the City di Mare, a 40-hectare development through a joint venture with the City Government.
SM Holdings Inc. is also developing the SM Seaside City project, which is expected to be opened to the public within the year.
The City has also tapped Ayala because of its consortium with SM, which won the bid on a 26-hectare parcel at the SRP.