Manila Water should pay DOH P4 million for losses incurred by public hospitals

Published March 24, 2019, 3:23 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Charissa Luci-Atienza 

An opposition lawmaker is calling on the Manila Water to reimburse the Department of Health (DOH) of at least P4 million in losses incurred by public hospitals due to the water shortage in Metro Manila.

Akbayan partylist Rep. Tom Villarin said the water concessionaire should compensate the public hospitals which recorded a total loss of P 4.116 million.

“Nauubusan na ng pasensya ang taumbayan. Dapat ibalik ng Manila Water sa normal ang tubig sa Metro Manila, at ang malaking perang nawala dahil sa kapalpakan nila,” he said in a statement.

Citing a previous report, Villarin said the DOH disclosed that, between March 8 and March 18, 2019, the Rizal Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), National Center for Mental Health, East Avenue Medical Center, and the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center lost a total of P 4.116 million.

He charged that all six hospitals sustained added operational costs amounting to P 1.372 million, while the Rizal Medical Center and the NKTI incurred estimated revenue losses of P 630,000 and P 1.750 million, respectively, or a total of P 2.380 M as a result of limiting patients due to the limited water supply, from March 12 to 18.

Villarin took note of the health experts’ warning that water shortage may cause dengue cases to rise due to improper waste and water storage, while diseases like diarrhea, cholera, and dysentery thrive when people use unsafe water.

“Muntik nang maging krisis sa kalusugan at kabuhayan ang krisis sa tubig dahil nagpabaya ang Manila Water. Maraming pasyente ang tinanggihan ng mga health center, maraming negosyo ang naapektuhan, at maraming pamilya ang nagtitiis pa rin sa maruming tubig na delikadong gamitin,” Villarin said.

He also counted on Manila Water to fully restore its water services in the East Zone.

The Akbayan partylist earlier called on Manila Water not to charge households affected by the water crisis even a single peso through the “Zero-Singil” Petition launched last Friday.