Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ends House probe of water crisis

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the termination of the congressional oversight hearing on the water crisis because further hearings are no longer needed.

In a statement, Speaker Arroyo said there are already short and effective solutions done by the government to resolve the water crisis.

“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.

The Speaker has been going around since water interruption hit many areas in Metro Manila. She said Manila Water already presented its solutions to the problem, which includes the opening of the cross border water gate valve of Maynilad to give water to Manila Water and augment the latter’s water supply.

Ther House top leader witnessed the opening of stationary tanks in Brgy. Addition Hills in Mandaluyong and the opening of deep wells in Brgy. Blue Ridge in Quezon City.

She said one of the ways to augment the water supply in many areas of Metro Manila is to reopen the pipes between the Maynilad and Manila Water areas.

In the meantime that there is still not enough water supply in some areas, Speaker Arroyo said the other solution is to have stationary tanks for the areas that do not have enough water.

“They are putting stationary tanks so that during the time there’s no water, the people will go there, so we’re 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 we’re going to look at two of those wells today,” Speaker Arroyo said during her visit to Brgy. Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City Friday.

Speaker Arroyo visited Brgy. Addition Hills as it was one of the worst hit areas of the water shortage on the east side of Metro Manila.

She said last March 6 the explanation of Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is that the water levels went down critically and they have to start having water interruption for the water level to go up again in the dams.

“The shortage is in the Manila Water side and not in the Maynilad. One of the solutions is to reopen the pipes between the Maynilad area and Manila Water area,” Speaker Arroyo said.

She said one of the reasons cited for the water problem is that the Cardona Water Treatment Plant has not yet been finished.

For the longer term solution, Speaker Arroyo mentioned the China-funded project which is the Kaliwa Dam. She said the Cardona Plant is part of the solutions as it will entail using the Laguna Lake as drinking water.

“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 pang 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.