(Eagle News)–Senator Imee Marcos wants the owners of Manila Water and Maynilad to be sanctioned with the around 15 million customers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces experiencing what she said were continuous water crises.
Marcos made the statement as several cities in Metro Manila face Manila Water rotational service interruptions due to what the concessionaire said were the declining water levels of the Angat Dam.
“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. Alam naman nila na may kakulangan sa suplay nito. Bakit ang mga tao ang babalikat ng sakripisyo?” Marcos asked.
She said the Senate could look into the concessionaire agreements of both water companies under which the government have them exclusive rights to operate and maintain water utilities in a span of several years.
“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,” Marcos said.
According to data from Marcos’ office, the 15 million Maynilad and Manila Water affected customers are from Mandaluyong, Maynila, Marikina, Navotas, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Makati, Las Piñas, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City.
Also affected were the provinces of Rizal, Cavite and Meycauayan, Bulacan.