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Sunday, July 5, 2015

WHICH PARTS OF METRO MANILA ARE NOT PRONE TO FLOODING? lists down Metro Manila areas you can expect to be safe and dry in the coming monsoon season

The arrival of monsoon season in the Philippines can be an issue of safety for people living in flood-prone areas. But even as we prepare for the heavy rains to protect our families and homes from inundation, our best defense really is prevention, which means right from the home-choosing stage, we have to know which areas to consider not just for proximity and real estate value, but its susceptibility to flooding.

To help in your search for a home that will keep you as safe from flooding as possible, has put together a list of some of the places in Metro Manila with low to moderate risks of flooding. Information was gathered from sources such as and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s Geohazard Map of the Philippines.


Over half of Caloocan’s towns both in the north and south part can be considered low- or moderate- risk areas in terms of flooding. Two of these are Monumento, which is famous for the monument dedicated to Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio, and Bagong Silang, which is considered as the country’s largest barangay.

Las Piñas

A number of barangays in Las Piñas pose only a moderate risk of flooding to its residents. Poblacion, for one, is the location of Saint Joseph Parish, where the famous Bamboo Organ can be found. Another well-known town is BF international, a gated community that’s fast becoming a foodie paradise.   


Some of the most prominent areas in Makati—namely, Forbes Park, Bel-Air, and Dasmariñas Village—belong in the low-risk categories in relation to flooding. Also considered low- to moderate- risk are the barangays of Cembo, Bangkal, and Magallanes, which are located close to EDSA.


Malabon’s terrain makes it constantly prone to flooding during heavy rains, high tides, and dam overflows. However, the areas of Acacia, Potrero, Tugatog, Santolan, and Longos can be considered as moderate-risk areas, being slightly farther from the Navotas and Tullahan rivers.


Highway Hills, which is one of the busiest locations of the city, is one of Mandaluyong’s low-flood-risk areas. Another is Wack-Wack Greenhills, which houses the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, as well as SM Megamall and Shangri-La Plaza.


While the entire city of Manila remains constantly affected by flooding because of the numerous bodies of water running through it, there are a few relatively safer areas of the city, such as Santa Mesa as well as the old, walled city of Intramuros.


The Shoe Capital of the Philippines is constantly plagued by flooding issues due mainly to the Marikina River, but the areas of Fortune, Parang, and Barangka manage to pose only a moderate risk to residents due to rising water levels.


Generally, Muntinlupa’s exclusive gated communities are relatively safe from flooding, including Ayala Alabang and Alabang Hills. The business districts of Filinvest Corporate City and Madrigal Business Park, both of which are master-planned communities, are also considered low-flood-risk zones as well.


Navotas is prone to flooding because of the bodies of water running through or surrounding it, such as the Manila Bay and Navotas River. Still, some towns make it to the list of low- to moderate- flood risks, namely Sipac-Almacen, Tangos, San Jose, Daanghari, Navotas West, Navotas East, and North Bay Boulevard North.


Water surging from Manila Bay could cause flooding in surrounding areas, but a larger part of the city are not usually extensively affected. One is BF Homes, well-known for its food hub along Aguirre Street. Other barangays include Don Bosco, Sun Valley, Moonwalk, San Antonio, Merville, Sto. Niño, and Vitalez.


While 42 out of Pasay’s 201 barangays are considered flood-prone areas, there are several well-known locations in the city where the effects of flooding might be at a minimum. These include Newport City and Bay City, two master-planned estates famous for malls, condos, and casino resorts.


Pasig River, Marikina River, and the Manggahan Floodway are the main cause of flooding in most of the city’s barangays, save for a few. Oranbo and Kapitolyo, both considered low- to medium-risk areas, are famous for their thriving food centers. San Antonio, another low-risk town, contains several prominent businesses close to the Ortigas Business District.


Due to its almost sea-level elevation and its proximity to the Taguig River, all 10 Pateros barangays are constantly at risk of floods, with the exception of San Roque, Sto. Rosario-Silangan, Magtanggol, and Santa Ana.

Quezon City

For a place of Quezon City’s size, one is assured to find a barangay or two that’s at low risk for flooding. Some of these areas include the Scout area in Timog Avenue, New Manila, Loyola Heights, Batasan Hills, and the business district of Eastwood City.

San Juan

Most of San Juan’s towns are considered low- to medium-risk flooding areas including Little Baguio, one of the busiest areas of San Juan, as well as Greenhills, known for discount shopping.


Bonifacio Global City is perhaps the most famous area in Taguig that experiences little to no flooding because of its underground drainage detention system. Other barangays to consider are Tanyag, Upper Bicutan, North Daang Hari, South Daang Hari, and Western Bicutan.


In the event of heavy rains, flooding will most likely occur due to the overflowing of the Polo and Tullahan rivers, but several towns are able to keep from becoming excessively flooded, such as Mapulang Lupa, Ugong, Punturin, Bagbaguin, Bignay, Gen. T. de Leon and Paso de Blas.



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