Abante: Access to running water critical amid pandemic

Bienvenido Abante Jr.
House Minority Leader and Manila Rep. Bienvenido “Benny” Abante Jr.

HOUSE Minority Leader and Manila Rep. Bienvenido “Benny” Abante Jr. stressed that the uninterrupted water services is very vital now as Metro Manila residents have to take precautions to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) virus.

Abante said that he had received reports that residents in several barangays in Bacolod and Sta. Mesa did not have running water after a Maynilad pipe burst open in his district.

“The residents in these barangays currently have not had running water since Thursday, and in some areas the leaking water has caused flooding,” said Abante who represents the 6th District of Manila.

He pointed out that “access to running water is always essential, but it is even more critical now that we are in the middle of a pandemic.” “Some of the most basic precautions we urge our population to take in order to prevent them from contracting and spreading the virus––like washing hands regular and bathing when they return from going outside––require running water.”

“Given this, water concessionaires like Maynilad need to immediately respond and repair damage to their pipes. It is not an exaggeration to say that the longer they take to address these problems, the more lives are exposed to health risks,” Abante explained.

“Sana tutukan nila ang mga bagay na ito. In dense population areas like Manila, hygiene plays a role in controlling the spread of disease––and ready access to water is crucial to maintain proper hygiene,” he said.

Manila is the second most populous city in NCR, with 1,780,148 residents. However, with an area of only 42.88 square kilometers, it has a population density of 41,515 residents per square kilometer––the highest in the whole country, and the world.