Makabayan lawmaker Carlos Isagani Zarate has urged the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability to study and evaluate the episodes of sudden water interruption in the National Capital Region (NCR), Rizal and Cavite, and its effect on customers.
He filed House Resolution 2518, recounting the plight of thousands of people who are hit by the water interruption.
“Thousands of people were deprived of water service since March 8 and were reduced to waiting for water tankers or opening fire hydrants just to have water,” he said in filing HR 2518.
Under the resolution, Zarate tallied the failure of Manila Water and Maynilad to put in place measures in anticipation for El Niño phenomenon.
“According to Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), the El Nino phenomenon is predictable and measures can be done to prepare for it, but it seems that the water concessionaires did not do so,” he said.
On March 8, 2019, Manila Water on its website said that it will be “implementing operational adjustments that may affect water service across the entire East Zone.” According to the advisory, 108 areas would have to endure interrupted water services, but it did not stipulate dates or time of the water interruption.
News source: Manila Bulletin