Continuous dredging, key to the successful 63rd Palarong Pambansa
Marikina City successfully fulfilled its responsibilities as the host city of the 63rd Palarong Pambansa, a feat made even more remarkable by the city's resilience against flooding despite consecutive days of heavy rainfall brought about by Typhoon Falcon and the Habagat monsoon. A pivotal factor in this triumph was the city's consistent dredging operations in the Marikina River.
One of the key components contributing to this success was the regular dredging operations conducted in the Marikina River. Following the directive of Mayor Marcy Teodoro, these operations became an integral part of the daily routine of the city's government. Dredging works involved deepening and widening the river, thereby increasing its water-carrying capacity.
Even though the Marikina River reached its second alarm level just a day before the opening of the Palarong Pambansa, flooding in the city's riverside communities was averted, and residents only had to undergo pre-emptive evacuation measures. This was a testament to the effectiveness of the proactive approach taken by local authorities.
Despite the rain during the days of the games, the water level of the Marikina River continued to recede, ensuring the safety of both delegates and residents of the city. This successful hosting of the Palarong Pambansa showcased Marikina's commitment to preparedness, disaster resilience, and the wellbeing of its citizens.
The city's continuous dredging operations played a vital role in maintaining the waterways' capacity and safeguarding against flooding during the event, marking a milestone in Marikina's journey towards progress and disaster resilience.