Arroyo to end House probes on water crisis

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2019 05:54 PM

MANILA - Former President, now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will end the House probes on the water crisis.

In an ambush interview before she spoke as guest of honor at the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arroyo explained that the past briefings have been adequate.

“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,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo recalled that Manila Water already presented its solutions to the problem, which includes the opening of the cross border flow that allowed Maynilad to give water to Manila Water to augment its supply. 

Arroyo witnessed the opening of one valve last week.

”We opened 1 actually, they opened 2 that day, but they opened one in the presence of the congressmen in the committee and then they are repairing the other 48 so that there can be a lot of water flowing from Maynilad to Manila Water,” she said.

Arroyo will be inspecting the implementation of other solutions: the deployment of stationary tanks to Addition Hills in Mandaluyong and the opening of deep wells in Blue Ridge.

“They are putting stationary tanks so that during the time there’s no water the people go there so were going to look at that today and then the other one they’re doing is they were able to get an exemption from the National Water Resource Board to open, to dig wells, so I think were gonna look at 2 of those wells today,” she said.

Arroyo said she will also look at the Cardona Water Treatment Plant soon. Arroyo sidestepped a question on the proposal for zero billing this month for waterless consumers. 

“What we’d like to see is the water 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 will be happening,” she said.