PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has directed the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to order Metro Manila’s two water concessionaire to tap more water from Angat Dam on Friday.
“The President is aware and concerned about the (suffering) of the residents of Metro Manila due to the present water crisis,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said in a statement Friday,
Mr. Panelo said the President ordered the MWSS to “demand from the Manila Water Company, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and other responsible offices to release water from Angat Dam by noon time today, March 15.”
He added the expected water releases should be sufficient for 150 days to cover affected areas in Metro Manila.
“In the event of failure to act or comply with this directive, the President will personally go to them and make the responsible officers account for such failure,” Mr. Panelo said.
Separately, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the opening of the cross-border water transfer facility on West Avenue corner Bulacan St., in Quezon City today to enable Maynilad Water Services, Inc. to transfer water to Manila Water Co.
Maynilad President and Chief Executive Officer Ramoncito S. Fernandez said the cross-border transfers are expected to allow some 10 million liters of water per day to flow to the East Zone.
“The Maynilad line will provide water supply to Manila Water. Maynilad has some surplus. This is only one of the initially five locations we had identified to help Manila Water,” he said in a statement.
In the same statement, Ms. Arroyo said she has ordered a resolution in the House backing future legislation that will permit the tapping of deep wells, as recommended by Representative Winston T. Castelo of the 2nd district of Quezon City.
Mr. Castelo has noted that use of deep wells is not yet allowed by law. — Charmaine A. Tadalan