UST’s Flood Control Project Nears Completion, Flood-Free UST Happening Soon


Floods are a constant problem in many areas, including in schools like the University of Santo Tomas (UST), a private Catholic school along España Blvd. in Sampaloc, Manila. But the university has found a way to solve this problem for good, through the flood control project that is now nearing completion.

Back in 2018, the university’s Facilities Management Office planned for a stormwater drainage improvement project that will help minimize or even stop the floods being experienced in the campus, particularly during the rainy season.

Photo credit: Fr. Dexter Aquitania Austria / Facebook

This flood control project aims to protect the 21.5-hectare campus by replacing the existing drainage lines with a new drainage system. Part of the project also provides detention facilities to accommodate flood waters.

Due to its flood-prone location and inspired by the events of Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009, the management wanted to find a real, long-lasting solution to the constant flood problem.

UST is in a flood-prone location, and the UST administration thought of having this major renovation and construction, improvement of the drainage,” explained UST’s facilities management director, Fr. Dexter Austria, O.P.

He added that the old pipes were just too small and could not handle the influx of water, particularly on days of heavy rains.

Photo credit: Fr. Dexter Aquitania Austria / Facebook

If you are talking about a flood-free campus, we are hoping for that. We are hoping for the best. What this project intended is that internal floodwaters of UST will be drained there and it will be pumped out.

The management and the engineering department thought of enlarging the pipes, so that all the waters in UST will be drained into this culvert.

There are seven construction zones for the project:

  • Zone A – Araullo Drive and Roque Ruaño Drive
  • Zone B – Arellano Drive and Tamayo Drive
  • Zone C – Osmeña Drive
  • Zone D – Quezon Drive
  • Zone E – Leon Ma. Guerrero Drive and Ceferino Gonzales Alley Drive
  • Zone F – Ceferino Gonzales Drive and Intramuros Drive
  • Zone G – Leon Maria Guerrero Drive

Photo credit: Fr. Dexter Aquitania Austria / Facebook

As of this press time, the flood control project is already 75% completed. Fr. Austria happily posted some photos of the progress.

Stormdrainage Improvement for UST España campus at 75% completion rate. Flood-free UST? Keeping our fingers crossed. #ustfmo #thebuilders,” he wrote on Facebook.


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