Duterte may take 'drastic action' over looming water crisis: spokesman

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 28 2019 04:34 PM

MANILA- Another looming water crisis in Metro Manila and nearby areas may push President Rodrigo Duterte to take "drastic action," Malacañang said Monday as water concessionaires begin rotational supply cuts.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the lack of action on the part of water suppliers Maynilad and Manila Water may be a factor in the President's decision on the problem.

"I suppose the fact that they (water suppliers) have not undertaken corrective measures that will prevent the evolution of this upcoming crisis again would be a factor that would make the President decide on drastic action against them," Panelo told reporters.

In March, over a million households in Metro Manila suffered from a water crisis brought about by the declining water level in Angat Dam, lack of rains due to El Niño, and high demand.

"If indeed they have not done anything despite the fact that there was a crisis before and now it is being repeated again, then the President may consider that factor," Panelo said.

Metro Manila's water utility firms began rotational supply cuts last Thursday, Oct. 24 to avoid a bigger problem with the water supply next year, the companies said.