Imee rebukes water concessionaires over fresh wave of service interruptions
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday rebuked Metro Manila’s water firms over the return of daily rotational water service interruptions, adding that the companies should be held accountable for what she said was an impending water crisis that would affect around 15 million consumers.
“Di ba nasabon at binalaan na sila ni Pangulong Duterte na ite-terminate ang concession agreements noong Marso dahil sa kapalpakan nila, pero ngayon wala pa rin silang solusyon sa problema sa tubig,” she said in a statement.
(Hasn’t President Rodrigo Duterte already warned them that he would terminate their concession agreements last March because of their failure, but until now they have yet to find a solution to address the water problem.)
“Alam naman nila na may kakulangan sa suplay nito. Bakit ang mga tao ang babalikat ng sakripisyo?” she added.
(They know that there is a lack of water supply. Why should the public bear the burden?)
The rotational water service interruptions would affect Metro Manila and nearby areas.
Marcos also said the Senate could also look into the concession agreements of the two companies, which she noted were given exclusive rights to operate and maintain water utilities in Metro Manila.
Marcos issued the statement after Maynilad and Manila Water announced that they would implement a daily rotational water service interruption starting today (October 24) due to the decreasing water level at Angat Dam.
“Kawawa naman ang mga mahihirap na pamilya at ang mga maliliit na negosyo, gaya ng karinderya, car wash at laundry shops na gumagamit ng tubig sa araw-araw,” she said.
(I feel pity for the small business owners who need daily water supply to run their business properly). /jpv
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