By Ben Rosario
The House of Representatives appeared to be satisfied with the long-term and short-term solutions that are being put in place to end the water supply crisis that has hit Metro Manila and adjacent localities.
Former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the reopening of pipes between the Maynilad Water Services Inc. and the Manila Water Company is among the key solutions that eased the shortage problem.
Stationary tanks will also have to be put up in areas that still do not have enough water supply.
“They are putting stationary tanks so that during the time there’s no water, the people will go there, so we’re going to look at that today,” Arroyo told residents of Barangay Addition Hills, one of the areas worst hit by the water shortage.
The House leader said the water supply is expected to improve further as soon as the Cardona Water Treatment Plan is completed.
“For the longer term solution, Speaker Arroyo mentioned the China-funded project which is the Kaliwa Dam. She said the Cardona Plant is part of the solutions as it will entail using the Laguna Lake as drinking water,” she said.
“I think that’s it. I’m going to ask the Congress to terminate already the hearings because they’ve already heard what they have to hear for the immediate term,” said Speaker Arroyo before she delivered her speech on Friday as Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker at the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) at the Manila Hotel.
The House Committees on Public Accounts, an oversight panel chaired by Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, and on Metro Manila Development have opened its inquiry into the water supply shortage that many suspected to be artificial.
The shortage problem that affected Metro Manila was felt only in the service area of MWC because of the depleted supply in the La Mesa Dam.
“We’d like to see if the water is coming back to the tap. So, we’d like to see that and I think we don’t need to have further hearings anymore. We just like to see on the ground that what they said will happen and will be happening,” Arrroyo said.