UST flood-control project to be finished by mid-2021

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) — The University of Santo Tomas is closer to becoming a flood-free campus, with its drainage project nearing completion.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' New Day on Monday, UST Facilities Management Office director Rev. Fr. Dexter Austria said the university's flood-control project, which was started in 2018, will likely be finished in the middle of 2021.

"We are hoping that this would be completed by next year, middle of next year, so we could at least experience what it is to be a flood-free campus whenever there is a typhoon or even a little rain that we could accommodate inside the campus." Austria said.

The project will replace the existing drainage lines with a new drainage system and provide detention facilities that could accommodate flood water within the 21.5-hectare campus.

Austria noted that the project was prompted by Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana), which flooded the España campus and much of Metro Manila in 2009.

"It has been a nightmare for all of us here, that prompted us to have this drainage improvement system because it would not only bring benefit inside the campus but also benefit other communities as well."

Austria added that in terms of volume, UST's drainage system will be able to accommodate rainwater of about "four and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools."

In early December, Austria said in a Facebook post that the flood-control project was "75% complete."

The university's website noted that the project covers seven zones. These are the following:

Zone A – Araullo Drive (facing the Quadricentennial Pavilion, España side) and Roque Ruaño Drive (facing the Roque Ruaño and Albertus Magnus Buildings)

Zone B – Arellano Drive (facing the Parade Grounds, España side) and Tamayo Drive (facing the Beato Angelico and Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P. Buildings)

Zone C – Osmeña Drive (in between the Parade Grounds and Benavides Garden)

Zone D – Quezon Drive (in between the Benavides Garden and Multi-Deck Carpark and Quadricentennial Pavilion)

Zone E – Leon Ma. Guerrero Drive (in between the Multi-Deck Carpark and Health Service) and Ceferino Gonzales Alley Drive (in front of the Santísimo Rosario Parish Church)

Zone F – Ceferino Gonzales Drive (driveway leading to the A.H. Lacson Gate) and Intramuros Drive (fronting the Arch of the Centuries)

Zone G – Leon Maria Guerrero Drive (fronting the Hospital)