By Jel Santos
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Saturday said it has provided over 700,000 liters of water to six state hospitals affected by the water crisis currently being experienced in the metropolis.
“As of 12:00 p.m. of March 16, 2019, The Philippine Red Cross [has] distributed a total of 770,000 liters of water to six government hospitals,” PRC said in a statement.
The six hospitals were Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City (498,000 liters), Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City (96,000 liters), National Kidney Center in Quezon City (114,000 liters), East Ave Medical Center in Quezon City (10,000 liters), Mandaluyong City Medical Center (10,000 liters), and National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City (20,000 liters).
Furthermore, PRC’s water tankers distributed water to the Philippine Health Office – 12,000 liters, and to the residents of Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong – 10,000 liters.
Five portable toilets were put up in Rizal Medical Center and eight water tankers were deployed to augment water supply at the said government hospitals, PRC said.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said he has ordered his men to continuously assist affected hospitals, making sure that they have enough water supply.
Malacañang recently ordered Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to release water from the Angat Dam to address the water crisis in Metro Manila.
MWSS was directed by Malacanang to demand Manila Water and Maynilad to release water from the Bulacan reservoir by Tuesday noon.