NEARLY 3, 000 residents, affected by the sudden floodwaters caused by a damaged navigational gate of the Malabon-Navotas River, continue to receive all forms of assistance from the local government, Malabon City Mayor Jeannie Sandoval said.

Most of them are still at the evacuation centers in the affected villages of Flores and Hulong Duhat where they’re personally visited by the mayor who distributed food packs and medicines, it was learned by Good Riddance.

This, as Sandoval asked the concerned agencies particularly the Department of Public Works and Highways  and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to speed up the on-going repair of the navigational gate so that her affected constituents could be able to return to their respective homes.

Amid the flooding, the City Social Welfare and Development Department, upon the mayor’s instruction, conducted assessment on the affected residents to determine the assistance they would be provided to them.

The city’s first female mayor personally spearheaded her team to visit each household, assessing the residents’ situations and identifying immediate needs that the local government could swiftly address.

“Our local government stands as a steadfast partner and beacon of support in times of adversity,” the city chief executive said.

She then ordered the concerned city officials to ensure that all pumping stations and anti-flood devices are operational to lessen the flooding problems.

Sandoval reiterated her proposal to MMDA and DPWH to come up with long-term permanent solutions in order to prevent the same incident to happen again.

At present, the city government said underwater and crane operations were being conducted to see how the navigational gate would be permanently fixed.

Since its collapse in the middle of June, the damaged navigational gate has continuously been causing recurring floods in parts of Malabon and its neighboring city of Navotas.

The mayor lauded the city government personnel for their efforts as well as the ‘Malabueños’ for the cooperation while the navigational gate repair is on-going.