6 Metro Manila hospitals still in need of water - Red Cross


Posted at Mar 16 2019 04:13 PM | Updated as of Mar 16 2019 10:16 PM

Philippine Red Cross augments its tankers to distribute water in public hospitals. Contributed photo

MANILA – Six government hospitals in the eastern and northern parts of Metro Manila continue to suffer from low water pressure, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said Saturday, amid the continuing water shortage in parts of Metro Manila. 

Among affected hospitals are the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute and East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City, and the Mandaluyong City Medical Center and the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong. 

The PRC said it continues to deliver water supply to affected hospitals through its 8 water tankers capable of filling up a high-pressure water system. 

As of 12 p.m. Saturday, PRC has distributed a total of 770,000 liters of water to affected hospitals.

  •     Rizal Medical Center - 498,000 liters
  •     Quirino Memorial Medical Center - 96,000 liters 
  •     National Kidney and Transplant Institute - 114,000 liters
  •     East Avenue Medical Center - 10,000 liters
  •     Mandaluyong City Medical Center - 10,000 liters
  •     National Center for Mental Health - 20,000 liters 

The PRC also distributed 12,000 liters of water to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in Quezon City and 10,000 liters to residents of Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Five portable toilets were also setup at the Rizal Medical Center.
PRC Chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said he recognizes the need to prioritize the water demand in hospitals. 

Long queues at hydrants and limited volunteers for crowd control, however, have hampered their augmentation of tankers in residential areas. 

Water supply has been short in many parts of Metro Manila amid the declining water level at the La Mesa dam due to the lack of rain and rising demand.