By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Water is now available in majority of barangays in Mandaluyong City affected by the water shortage, a local official said Saturday.
“Majority ng mga (of) barangays in Mandaluyong ay meron nang tubig (now have water),” Jimmy Isidro, city public information office chief, told The Manila Bulletin Saturday.
“Mga two or three barangays na lang ang wala talaga pero ang iba meron na. Pero mahina pa rin (Only around two or three barangays are left with no water while the rest now have [a supply]. But the [water pressure] is still weak),” Isidro added.
The local official also said that they are now conducting an inventory to identify what barangays still experiencing low pressure to no water supply.
For more than a week, Mandaluyong City was one of the areas in the eastern part of the metropolis that was hit the hardest by the water shortage, with all of its 27 barangays affected.
Residents scrambled to source out their water. Most waited in line for trucks delivering the water rations well into the wee hours. Some desperate residents even fetched their water from public swimming pools.
City officials last week mulled to declare a state of calamity in the city to address the prevailing water woes due to insufficient supply of water coming from La Mesa Dam.
But due to the recent developments, local officials placed the declaration on hold, Isidro said.
“Baka hindi na ituloy kasi meron na namang tubig (I guess [the declaration of a state of calamity] will not push through since we now have water),” he said.