WHILE the water crisis should be resolved immediately, it should be done according to or consistent with the law.
In this light Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles filed House House Resolution No. 309 which seeks to investigate the proposed construction of the Kaliwa Dam.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has given the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and China Energy Engineering Corp. the green light to proceed with the construction of the P18.7-billion Kaliwa Dam project.
The news comes in the wake of advisories from water concessionaires Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. of rotational water service interruptions starting this month.
“We are not denying that we have a water crisis. But we must ensure that our response is in line with the law. Dapat masiguro nating hindi maa-agrabyado ang kalikasan, pati na ang mga indigenous peoples at iba pang kababayan natin,” the lawmaker said.
The member of Lakas CMD is urging the proper committee of the House of Representatives to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation into the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project (NCWS-KDP) and its alleged anomalous award to China Energy Engineering Co. Limited.
The solon reiterated the need to investigate the dam project even though the DENR, through the Environment Management Bureau, has put safeguards in the environmental clearance certificate it has granted to MWSS.
Nograles had cried foul over the anomalous awarding of the KDP to the Chinese firm despite it lacking pre-qualification requirements.
A provision in the ECC says that the MWSS should “implement the measures presented in the environmental impact statements intended to protect and mitigate the project’s adverse impacts on community health, welfare and the environment.
Nograles also took issue with a non-compliance clause of the ECC.