Understanding and addressing risks of flooding in the city: The case of Barangay Potrero, Metro Manila
Malabon City is in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region of the Philippines. It is part of a sub-region called CAMANAVA (composed of the cities of CAloocan, MAlabon, NAvotas and VAlenzuela) located in the northern part of Metro Manila Bay and situated in the estuary of several river deltas. Malabon is one of the most densely populated cities in the country and its low-lying, flat terrain makes it prone to frequent flooding, especially during high tides, heavy rains and when river and dams overflow. The four cities in CAMANAVA are commonly affected by interconnected rivers, one of which is the Tullahan River.
In 2011, the Partners for Resilience (PfR)4 programme started to use an integrated and holistic resilience building approach to disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation, and ecosystem management and restoration. Its main objective is to help people understand how things work and how best they can address their levels of vulnerability. It does this using tools that clearly explain the connection between and importance of: geographical landscapes; climate information across different timescales; and how best to act before, during and after a disaster in order to reduce people’s risk.
Arcilla, M.J.D.; Lagdameo, D.M. Understanding and addressing risks of flooding in the city: The case of Barangay Potrero, Metro Manila. (2015) 6 pp. [Inside Stories on climate compatible development]