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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

On Water Crisis: Let's work together to find solutions -- SGMA
23 March 2019 11:03:33 AM

With the water situation in the East side of Metro Manila slowly going back to normal, former President and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday said good things happen when people work together instead of finding faults.

Speaking during her visit to Bry. Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City, one of the worst hit areas of the water shortage, Speaker Arroyo lauded the MWSS, Manila Water, Maynilad Waters and local government officials in working together to solve the water problem in the area.

“Tingnan nyo kung gaano kabilis kumilos ang ating mga opisyal. Sa oras na walang tubig sa faucet, magdadala sila ng stationary tanker para kayo ay pupunta doon pag wala kayong tubig sa faucet. E pagdating ko dito hindi na kailangan ang stationary tanker, meron pala nilagay na temporary pipe para imbes na pumunta kayo sa tanker e dadalhin na lang sa inyong faucet. Kaya ganun kabilis, ang pinangako nilang stationary tanker ay natupad mas madami kayong tubig sa inyong faucet. So tingnan nyo kung tayo ay nagtutulungan government at private sector, naghahanap ng solusyon kaysa naghahanap ng bintang, nagkakaroon ng solusyon agad,” Speaker Arroyo said.

On Thursday, water has started to flow in Brgy. Addition Hills after more two weeks of no water although interruptions still happen. As of Friday, the MWSS and the Manila Water have installed faucets to distribute water in the area during the period of interruptions.

The MWSS also installed six 10,000-gallon tanker around Addition Hills to supply additional water. MWSS Rey Velasco pointed out that they have installed similar water tanks in 11 Barangays in the East Zone that are still experiencing water interruptions.

With the presentation of the short, intermediate and long-term solution to the water problem, Speaker Arroyo said she now moves to stop all hearings in the House of Representatives as she is more concerned with the implementation of the projects.

“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.